What are the experts saying about safety of the Keystone XL pipeline?
“This pipeline would be made of high quality steel that would be tested and coated…It would be installed by teams of expert welders. Then trained and licensed inspectors would monitor the construction. Every single weld will be X-rayed
But Brigham McCown, who once headed the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, said further delays in federal approval for the project could raise the likelihood of crude oil spills. That’s because transporting oil by rail, truck or barge carries a greater risk of accidents, he said. “We can’t eliminate our oil dependency overnight,” said McCown, who now works as an industry consultant in Dallas. “If it’s going to be used, how do we move it from point A to B as safely as possible?” – Brigham McCown, former administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration quoted in the Omaha World-Heraldand inspected. PHMSA (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) maintains comprehensive safety regulations and their inspectors would also be in the field, watching. The pipeline would go through high pressure testing with water. And once determined to be sound, it would be ready for operation. – Andy Black, president and CEA of Association of Oil Pipelines quoted in the York News Times
Pipeline Safety Facts
- There are 2.6 million miles of pipeline in the United States (enough to wrap around the earth 100 times) safely transporting between 11 billion and 13 billion barrels of energy, chemical, and water resources each day.
- According to U.S. Department of Transportation statistics, pipelines are 451 times safer than rail on a per-mile basis.
Keystone XL Safety Facts
- TransCanada Corp will use 36’’ diameter, corrosion-resistant pipe and construction welds will be reviewed by third-party inspectors and then audited by the federal government.
- Keystone XL will be operated by trained staff members who will monitor for drops in pressure or volume and shut down pumping stations if a problem is detected.