Native American Protests Against A Pipeline Highlight Environmental Inequality
We recently had another example of the main problem with pipelines; they break. That’s part of the beast’s nature, whether the tubes carry water, oil, or gas. Even cracks result in waste.
When the carried substance is water, leaks can be messy and costly in the loss of an important resource. The same is true for gas and oil pipeline breakage, in addition to real costs in damages to the environment and human health.
Since 1996, according to a 20-year trend report from the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, there have been 5,674 “significant” pipeline incidents that met any of the following conditions: