Submitted by GhostBlogger
“In 2009, just six weeks after passing a battery of final pressure tests, the (REX) line leaked natural gas – triggering an evacuation of nearby homes in southeastern Ohio. The leak occurred in a pipeline section that federal safety inspectors had previously flagged for poor construction techniques.”
“The leak in Ohio was the last in a string of problems with REX. One worker digging the line in Wyoming was incinerated when his bulldozer hit another buried line; another firm was fined for not marking it properly. In Kansas, inspectors said they received threats when they flagged bad work.”
At 42 inches & 1400 psi of pressure, the kill zone for that pipeline failing would be well over 1000 feet in radius.
“There was trouble on the job. Far too many of the welds that tied the pipe sections together were failing inspection and had to be done over.”
“A veteran welder, now an organizer for a national pipeline union, happened upon the line and tried to blow the whistle on what he considered substandard work.”
“But there was no one to call.”
“Hundreds of miles of high-pressure pipelines already have been installed in the shale fields with no government safety checks – no construction standards, no inspections, and no monitoring.”