Are Our Neighborhood Pipelines Safe?

Are local natural gas pipelines safe? The former federal pipeline regulator says they are, but he points out a disturbing trend of accidents.

Residents in northwest Dallas are still reeling from a series of natural gas fires that destroyed multiple homes and resulted in one fatality. While the exact cause remains under investigation, the local natural gas utility responsible for gas service had been aware of potential gas leaks in the affected neighborhood for nearly two months prior to the fiery explosion that claimed the life of a 12-year-old girl.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”), the Federal investigatory agency responsible for looking into these accidents, Atmos Energy had received odor complaints dating back to the beginning of the year. While…

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