Guest Opinion, Ray Seidler, Ashland Daily Tidings, January 18, 2019
According to the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, during the last 30 years there have been 9,000 reported significant pipeline incidents nationwide with thousands of smaller events. This has resulted in nearly 550 deaths, 2,600 injuries, and a staggering $8.5 billion in financial damages. During the past 10 years, pipeline accidents are accelerating as the U.S. increases its fossil fuel production despite the catastrophic impacts of such actions on greenhouse gas emissions and global climate changes.