Tuesday, September 14, 2010

San Bruno Explosion Shows Risk of Natural Gas Pipelines

The explosion of a 30-inch steel pipeline section leveled 15 acres of homes in the San Francisco suburb of San Bruno, California and killed four people. The safety of decades old pipelines was put into question by this catastrophic event. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration was established in 2004 to "protect the American public and the environment by ensuring the safe and secure movement of hazardous materials." They will now have to put much more attention on the safety of natural gas pipelines nationwide. There are more than 2 million miles of natural-gas pipeline in the United States." (AOL News)

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