As of 2016…..Half of the pipelines in Pennsylvania are at least 45 years old and the majority of pipelines in the US were installed before 1970. Corrosion accounted for 28% of serious pipeline accidents.
So why isn’t the state and FERC fulfilling the permits more quickly that are filed by the oil & gas industry to replace and build new pipelines. It appears the permitting process is daunting as different regulations are imposed by several agencies. The processes required by each agency for the ‘same permit’ are often confusing and conflicting. And it’s not all delayed by the state or FERC. Many residents will protest against new and updated pipes and gathering lines….why??? It’s in the public’s best interest to support the improvements to the infrastructure of the vast pipeline network across the state. No one wants any pipelines to burst due to the age and corrosion that naturally occurs over time- especially the oil & gas industry. With newer technology, higher safety and environmental standards state residents are safer and have access to more environmentally safe and affordable heat, fuel and by-products. And let’s not forget it takes man power to build out and replace the pipelines. The unions and industry are working together to ensure the jobs are completed safely and timely. Who would argue with improvements to the safety of the residents, support the unions and produce more high paying jobs statewide. And did we include safety to all residents…..Who would argue????