Another Significant Incident
Now comes the finger-pointing, the review of paperwork in search of missed wickets, the mea culpas, the recommendations for action, and another “significant incident” report will be closed and archived along with the thousands of very similar reports in the US DOT PHMSA database.
These “significant incidents” continue apace regardless of this regulatory show. The system will continue to be lauded by both industry and government as the safest possible due to the regulatory croquet course that regulators and industry have agreed upon. And as the number of miles of pipeline, wells, and infrastructure near humans increases the number of “incidents” per year will increase. This fact will not affect the encroachment of this industry on urban scenes, because anything the industry wants will be accommodated with, at most, an increase in the number of wickets in the croquet course. The question of whether this stuff should be permitted in urban areas is off the table.