Study finds outside-force damage still greatest threat to pipelines

Outside force continues to lead all causes of serious pipeline incidents along US rights-of-way, according to a recently completed report. The American Gas Foundation (AGF) studied all reported serious incidents on the US natural gas distribution system between 1990 and 2002.The AGF report, “Safety Performance and Integrity of the Natural Gas Distribution Infrastructure,” examines the safety performance of distribution pipelines and documents the causes of “serious incidents” (those involving injury or fatality) on the gas distribution system during the study years. The study reveals a 40% downward trend in serious incidents during that time.According to the report...

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