New congress should ensure rational safety regulations. J.P. Ericksen. Pipeline Gas Ind., February 1995, 78(2), 25--29.

Total US energy consumption of oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear, and hydroelectric is reviewed for 1993 and transportation safety is described and illustrated. Significant expenses to improve industry safety are listed. Results show that 64% of incidents during the period 1970 to 1986 were due to damage by outside agencies. Corrosion, material and construction defects together caused 27% of the incidents reported. Automatic/remotely activated valves, in-line inspection techniques, public awareness, and underground storage in salt caverns are discussed. Customer-owned service lines, cast iron mains, and risk management are also described.

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