Spectra Energy Names Rapid Corrosion as the Cause of Salem Pipeline Explosion

Trib Total Media, September 16, 2016

This week, Spectra Energy announced that an interstate natural gas pipeline that exploded in Salem Township in April had lost about 30 percent of its steel wall to corrosion four years earlier. Company officials said what was then considered a minor anomaly — a small area flagged for reinspection five years later — corroded at an unprecedented rate, leading to the explosion. This accident has prompted the company to re-evaluate longstanding industry standards and shorten the length of time between inspections of similar transmission lines from every seven years to every three to four years.

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