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Posted on July 20th, 2021 - Posted in HSE | Management | Oil and Gas | OSHA | Safety

Pipeline safety news

Earth digger at gas pipeline

With rig counts and drilling permits on the rise, pipeline construction and expansion isn’t far behind. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (, the mileage of natural gas pipelines has grown from 1,377,320 miles in 2000 to 1,645,101 miles in 2020, a 16% increase. Likewise, miles of oil pipelines have increased from 158,248 in 2001 to 224,928 in 2019, a 29.6% increase.

Map of US gas pipelines

There’s been some bad news 

In August of 2020, North Carolina experienced the largest gas leak in the state’s history: A leaking pipe sleeve in Huntersville caused 1.2 million gallons of gas to spill before two teenage boys discovered and reported the leak. And you’ve undoubtedly heard about the imperfect storm this month when lightning ignited a gas pipeline leak that caused a fire in the Gulf of Mexico. What’s more, a pipeline pumping station leak caused the fatalities of three technicians in Iran on July 6.

According to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, there are four main causes of gas pipeline leaks:

  • Corrosion (external, internal, stress corrosive cracking, and selective seam corrosion): 24%
  • Equipment Fault: 23%
  • Excavation Damage: 17%
  • Material or Weld Failure: 10%

Here’s the good news

While the amount of pipeline mileage has consistently grown over the past 15+ years, the number of spill incidents affecting U.S. waterways has declined considerably.

Miles of Pipelines vs Waterways Incidents

Pipeline Mileage Spill Incidents Affecting US Waterways

Pipelines continue to be the most efficient and economical means of energy transportation by far. The oldest natural gas pipelines — many 60 years old or older — were constructed from cast and wrought iron which are more easily corroded. The Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 called for a survey monitoring the replacement progress of these iron pipelines. By end of 2020, 97% of all gas pipelines were made of more durable plastic or steel.

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