Oil Pipeline Spills in the contiguous USA (1986-2016)
Posted: 18 December 2016 05:21 AM   [ Ignore ]
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The casualness with which we poison ourselves is amazing.
But why should I be so surprised considering the casualness with which we rain bombs and destruction on peoples and places.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywCqqhkiq0M

From the Huffingtonpost article, Nitin Gadda writes:  “My suspicion was that pipeline accidents are rare, but as I investigated, I found that they actually happen all the time. As shown in the mapstory I produced above, in the last 30 years, there have been over 8,700 liquid pipeline spills, averaging nearly one every day.

One, in fact, happened recently only 150 miles from Standing Rock, where over 4,200 barrels (180,000 gallons) spilled into a river. And the spills add up – if the 4.2 million barrels (176 million gallons) that have spilled in the last 30 years were counted as a single spill, it would be the third largest in history, right under the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010, when 4.9 million barrels spilled in the Gulf of Mexico. ...”

Is The Threat Of The Dakota Access Pipeline Real?
Nitin Gadia
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/58544094e4b06ae7ec2a3e17

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Posted: 18 December 2016 05:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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How many pipelines are there in the US - lots

Animated map of the major oil and gas pipelines in the US
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEIerHQ9IAw

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Posted: 18 December 2016 05:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Oh wow, this one offers a bit more details (as in injuries and deaths) and it ain’t pretty.

America’s Dangerous Pipelines
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rxqUXqPzog

Published on Jul 31, 2013 - 1:22 min
A new analysis of oil and gas pipeline safety in the United States reveals a troubling history of spills, contamination, injuries and deaths. Read more at NoKeystone.org.

This time-lapse video shows pipeline incidents from 1986 to 2013, relying on publicly available data from the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Only incidents classified as “significant” by the agency are shown in the video. “Significant” incidents include those in which someone was hospitalized or killed, damages amounted to more than $50,000, more than 5 barrels of highly volatile substances or 50 barrels of other liquid were released, or where the liquid exploded or burned.

According to the data, since 1986 there have been nearly 8,000 incidents (nearly 300 per year on average), resulting in more than 500 deaths (red dots on the video), more than 2,300 injuries (yellow dots on the video), and nearly $7 billion in damage.
Since 1986 pipeline accidents have spilled an average of 76,000 barrels per year or more than 3 million gallons. This is equivalent to 200 barrels every day.

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/americas_dangerous_pipelines/index.html

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Posted: 18 December 2016 05:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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One last video to round out this little exposition.

Published on Mar 23, 2015
Pipeline Nation: America’s Broken Industry
VICE News

A pipeline network more than 2.5 million miles long transports oil and natural gas throughout the United States — but a top official in the federal government’s pipeline safety oversight agency admits that the regulatory process is overstretched and “kind of dying.” A recent spike in the number of spills illustrates the problem: the Department of Transportation recorded 73 pipeline-related accidents in 2014, an 87 percent increase over 2009.

Despite calls for stricter regulations over the last few years, the rules governing the infrastructure have largely remained the same. Critics say that this is because of the oil industry’s cozy relationship with regulators, and argue that violations for penalties are too low to compel compliance.

VICE News traveled to Glendive, Montana, to visit the site of a pipeline spill that dumped more than 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River, to find out why the industry has such weak regulatory oversight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo-r4oXwnGg

Trumpeteers, your turn.  cool smirk
Bet all they can come up with is Drill Baby Drill.

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