Two accidents increase pipeline safety awareness

Nick SnowWashington EditorPipeline accidents in Michigan and San Bruno, Calif., raised public awareness about pipeline safety issues that companies and regulators already were trying to address, officials of three trade associations told OGJ.A July 26 crude oil leak on Enbridge Energy Partners Ltd.'s Line 6B generated public inquiries about the system's age and integrity (OGJ Online, July 29, 2010).The Line 6B spill reached Talmadge Creek and 25 miles of the Kalamazoo River in Michigan.A Sept. 9 explosion of Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s natural gas gathering system in San Bruno raised the issue of encroachment-residential and business development over existing lines in previously rura...

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