Pipeline accidents over 30 years

Pipeline safety has been part of the growing national discussion about energy transportation infrastructure. Critics argue that oil and gas pipelines introduce new environmental hazards. Proponents counter that pipelines are safer than other forms of energy transportation, such as trains or trucks. Ultimately, it comes down to the level of risk we are willing to live with as part of the contemporary fossil-fuel based energy regime.

Using data from federal sources, CityLab has attempted to map accidents or incidents that have occurred along the U.S. network of oil and gas pipelines over the past 30 years. The maps provide an interesting perspective on hazard and risk within oil and gas distribution networks.

George Joseph, “30 Years of Oil and Gas Pipeline Accidents, Mapped.” CityLab, November 30, 2016.

A fire caused by an natural gas pipeline accident roars through San Runa, California. (Paul Sakuma/AP)