FACTBOX-Gas distribution line-related accidents in the United States

by Reuters
Friday, 14 September 2018 16:58 GMT

(Adds financial data, incidents) Sept 14 (Reuters) - Dozens of explosions apparently triggered by a natural gas pipeline rupture rocked three communities in Massachusetts on Thursday, killing at least one person and causing multiple injuries and evacuations. There have been 42 significant incidents involving gas distribution lines so far this year in the United States, according to data from the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Significant incidents result in a fatality or injury resulting in hospitalization, create more than $50,000 in damage, or release a sizable volume of material. Gas distribution lines are the smaller gas pipelines that distribute gas to homes and businesses. Significant incidents resulted in two deaths and an estimated 29 injuries, according to data on PHMSA's website that precedes the Massachusetts explosions. Below are statistics for gas-distribution pipeline accidents over the past two decades. 10-year average for gas-distribution incidents Incident Count Significant Serious All incidents incidents* incidents Incident Count 63 26 116 Fatalities 8 8 10 Injuries 49 49 51 Total cost $37,966,955 n/a $41,459,367 *Serious incidents are those involving a fatality or injury requiring hospitalization. Significant gas-distribution incidents (2008-Sept. 2018) Year Number of Fatalities Injuries Total Cost Incidents 2008 67 6 47 $20,767,955 2009 80 9 47 $26,763,193 2010 55 8 39 $20,497,511 2011 56 11 48 $23,442,367 2012 52 7 43 $24,954,682 2013 60 7 34 $37,020,712 2014 60 18 92 $73,320,857 2015 66 2 32 $30,579,618 2016 74 10 74 $53,952,014 2017 63 4 29 $68,370,642 2018 41 2 29 $33,015,106 Source: Pipeline Hazardous Materials and Safety Administration (Compiled by Liz Hampton, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien and Susan Thomas)

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