Three Million dangerous couplings need removal and regulators are negligent. Brett Shipp has worked on this investigation for two years.
The warning from Don Deaver, a pipeline safety engineer from Lake Conroe, follows last spring’s near-fatal house explosion in Irving. Deaver said the Irving blast could have been prevented and called the couplings a continuous endangerment if action isn’t taken.
A safety technician has been sounding the alarm for three decades!
“In our viewpoint, we would disagree that there is an inherent flaw in the coupling,” said John Tintera, executive director of the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry in Texas.
He said only a fraction of the couplings have ever failed. However, he admitted he has never read the numerous field reports that were critical of the coupling in the 70s.
Texans can make a change this election, we have a choice.