Major NY gas pipeline poses safety risk, say regulators

Feds Say Major New York Gas Pipeline Poses Safety Risk
by Nicholas Kusnetz
ProPublica, Aug. 5, 2011, 11:04 a.m.

A major natural gas pipeline stretching across southern New York may be at risk of rupturing and poses a safety threat, according to a recent inspection by federal regulators.

The pipeline’s owner, Millennium Pipeline Co., has reduced pressure on the line, lessening the risk of explosion, but there are concerns that its problems may extend beyond a leak spotted by workers in January.

The leak resulted from a faulty weld that hadn’t passed an inspection but was installed anyway, a review by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration found. An order issued by the agency—first reported Wednesday by NaturalGasWatch.org, a website that tracks gas pipeline safety—said other sections of the pipeline also appear to have been installed without proper evaluation.

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