U.S. Faced with Alarming Shortage of Pipeline Inspectors

Quartz, March 13, 2017

There are only 528 government inspectors overseeing 2.7 million miles of pipelines in the United States. This means that currently, each federally-employed or state-employed inspector is responsible for more than 5,000 miles of pipeline, and unless something changes, the disparity will soon increase with the completion of several ongoing pipeline contstruction projects, including the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access pipelines. The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is the government agency responsible for regulating the thousands of companies that operate the country's pipelines, liquefied natural gas plants, and hazardous liquid storage tanks.

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