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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Why industries can't be trusted to regulate themselves...

Amid Gas Drilling Boom, Investigators Warn of Systemic Pipeline Safety Hazards

"A day after a pipeline exploded in West Virginia sending flames "hundreds of feet into the air," a new report by federal investigators is raising concern that lax oversight of gas transmission pipelines may increasingly threaten people's lives and property. The study (pdf), issued Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), was released amid a growing push by the federal government to extract and exploit the vast gas holdings found in shale deposits around the U.S..
  A September 9, 2010 pipeline explosion in San Bruno, California, which killed nine people and destroyed 70 homes.
The report points to three recent pipeline explosions which prompted the investigation. In 2009, a pipeline explosion in Palm City, Florida sent 106 feet of buried pipeline into the air and released 36 million cubic feet of gas. A 2010 explosion in San Bruno, California killed nine people and destroyed 70 homes. And on December 11, 2012 a rupture in a pipeline that hadn't been inspected in 24 years destroyed three homes. In each case, the report charges, gas companies failed to conduct inspections or tests that would have discovered problems before the explosions.''

...and that's why fracking-friendly administrations like the dearly departed Corbett one cut the guts out of whatever pitiful regulatory agencies PA has. He was crossing fingers that explosions wouldn't happen, and knowing full well that the cancers wouldn't show up until he and his cronies were safely outta Dodge. Counting on the ''pipeline" of one thing: Money. Money flowing into the relatively small number of pockets it's flowing into...consequences to air, water and life be damned.