Pipeline Incidents from 1986 to 2013 (Time-lapse Video)
Another oil spill; this time in California. The underground oil pipeline ruptured Thursday, and leaked more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil on coastal lands and into the ocean.
Plains All American Pipeline, owner of the ruptured pipeline, is among the worst violators listed by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration. It has 175 federal safety and maintenance violations since 2006, responsible for more than 16,000 barrels in spills that have caused more than $23 million worth of property damage.
“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.” -Biological Diversity Website
For more information, visit: AMERICA’S DANGEROUS PIPELINES
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