Table 2-46. Hazardous Liquid and Natural Gas Pipeline Safety and Property Damage Data

Table 2-46. Hazardous Liquid and Natural Gas Pipeline Safety and Property Damage Data

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  1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Fatalities                           
Total hazardous liquid 4 7 4 5 3 0 5 0 1 3 5 0 R2 4
Total gas 26 8 15 28 6 14 10 17 21 18 48 10 17 17
Transmission U U 1 6 0 0 3 1 0 2 1 1 1 2
Distribution U U 14 22 6 14 7 16 21 16 47 9 16 15
Injured persons                           
Total hazardous liquid 21 17 15 18 7 9 38 10 a1,858 11 13 5 R6 20
Total gas 233 214 177 108 69 89 80 R101 113 53 114 72 R75 87
Transmission U U 13 12 17 12 15 R17 22 10 5 5 11 8
Distribution U U 164 96 52 77 65 84 91 43 109 67 R64 79
Incidents                           
Total hazardous liquid 351 254 246 183 180 216 212 R229 R245 188 R193 R171 153 165
Total gas 1,077 1,338 1,524 334 198 233 177 R216 222 161 187 175 R234 174
Transmission U U 389 129 89 71 74 R95 81 64 77 73 98 54
Distribution U U 1,135 205 109 162 103 121 141 97 110 102 R136 120
Property damage (current $ millions)                           
Total hazardous liquid 1.2 2.2 5.7 5.1 15.7 37.8 38.7 28.9 56.5 32.5 49.7 R38.0 R59.8 42.8
Total gas 3.3 5.0 10.0 22.9 18.9 19.7 31.4 38.3 98.5 21.0 29.4 24.6 R48.4 58.1
Transmission U U 8.8 13.4 11.3 11.9 24.6 23.0 45.2 10.0 13.1 12.1 29.7 17.7
Distribution U U 1.2 9.5 7.6 7.8 6.8 15.3 53.3 11.0 16.3 12.5 R19.1 25.9

a Includes 1,851 injuries requiring medical treatment reported for accidents caused by severe flooding near Houston, TX, in October 1994.

KEY: R = revised; U = data are not available.

NOTES: Beginning with 1985 data, pipeline incidents are credited to the year in which they occurred, not the year in whichthe report was received. Gas numbers represent sum of transmission and gathering and distribution operators. Property damage includes, but is not limited to, damage to the operator's facilities and to the property of others;gas lost; restoration of service and relighting; facility repair and replacement; leak locating; right-of-way cleanup;and environmental cleanup and damage.

SOURCES: 1970-85: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, Office of Pipeline Safety, personal communication, 1999.1990-99: Ibid. Internet site http://ops.dot.gov as of June 19, 2000.