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Consequences to the Public and the Pipeline Industry

Current incident reports from pipeline operators include details about whether the consequences affected the public or the operator. For gas transmission, gas gathering, and hazardous liquid incident reports, these details have been available since January 2002. For gas distribution incident reports, these details have been available since March 2004.

The tables below show the consequences of Significant Incidents (A) and their respective impact on the public and industry.

The data source for this table is the PHMSA Flagged Incident File (1)

Where appropriate, the table columns can be sorted by clicking the corresponding column header.

More Pipeline Incidents Reports are available.

National All Pipeline Systems: Consequences Summary Statistics: 2009-2013
Year (B) Public Fatalities Industry Fatalities Public Injuries Industry Injuries Total Property Damage (C) (D) Public/Private Property Damage (E) (C) Emergency Resp & Remediation (C) (F) Damage to Industry Property (G) (C) Value of Product Lost (C)
2009 9 69% 4 30% 44 70% 18 29% $173,465,021 $36,576,012 $27,327,033 $101,556,310 $8,005,664
2010 12 63% 7 36% 80 76% 24 23% $1,495,426,965 $469,878,873 $933,468,023 $79,074,451 $13,005,617
2011 8 66% 4 33% 33 64% 18 35% $378,345,571 $55,985,020 $177,857,243 $125,961,713 $18,541,593
2012 9 90% 1 10% 39 70% 16 29% $207,683,247 $32,065,669 $83,708,036 $84,644,507 $7,265,033
2013 8 88% 1 11% 34 73% 12 26% $310,244,996 $26,077,401 $191,068,531 $79,263,506 $13,835,558
Totals 46 73% 17 26% 230 72% 88 27% $2,565,165,801 $620,582,977 $1,413,428,868 $470,500,489 $60,653,467
National Hazardous Liquid: Consequences Summary Statistics: 2009-2013
Year Public Fatalities Industry Fatalities Public Injuries Industry Injuries Total Property Damage (C) (D) Public/Private Property Damage (E) (C) Emergency Resp & Remediation (C) (F) Damage to Industry Property (G) (C) Value of Product Lost (C)
2009 0 0% 4 100% 1 25% 3 75% $74,821,085 $2,124,526 $27,327,033 $43,042,005 $2,327,518
2010 1 100% 0 0% 1 25% 3 75% $1,046,261,852 $57,810,576 $930,183,628 $53,280,238 $4,987,409
2011 0 0% 1 100% 0 0% 2 100% $256,425,871 $34,193,957 $172,759,425 $44,315,283 $5,157,205
2012 2 66% 1 33% 3 75% 1 25% $131,167,020 $11,234,370 $80,548,771 $37,268,770 $2,115,108
2013 0 0% 1 100% 0 0% 5 100% $245,064,143 $10,206,319 $187,548,476 $39,799,058 $7,510,290
Totals 3 30% 7 70% 5 26% 14 73% $1,753,739,973 $115,569,750 $1,398,367,335 $217,705,354 $22,097,531
National Hazardous Liquid Onshore: Consequences Summary Statistics: 2009-2013
Year Public Fatalities Industry Fatalities Public Injuries Industry Injuries Total Property Damage (C) (D) Public/Private Property Damage (E) (C) Emergency Resp & Remediation (C) (F) Damage to Industry Property (G) (C) Value of Product Lost (C)
2009 0 0% 4 100% 1 25% 3 75% $63,212,575 $2,103,331 $23,617,906 $35,272,973 $2,218,364
2010 1 100% 0 0% 1 25% 3 75% $1,042,976,666 $57,810,576 $929,183,091 $50,996,974 $4,986,024
2011 0 0% 1 100% 0 0% 2 100% $251,073,286 $33,107,261 $172,500,688 $40,315,283 $5,150,054
2012 2 66% 1 33% 3 75% 1 25% $130,295,573 $11,234,370 $80,467,331 $36,478,770 $2,115,101
2013 0 0% 1 100% 0 0% 5 100% $244,889,143 $10,206,319 $187,548,476 $39,624,058 $7,510,290
Totals 3 30% 7 70% 5 26% 14 73% $1,732,447,245 $114,461,859 $1,393,317,493 $202,688,058 $21,979,834
National Hazardous Liquid Offshore: Consequences Summary Statistics: 2009-2013
Year Public Fatalities Industry Fatalities Public Injuries Industry Injuries Total Property Damage (C) (D) Public/Private Property Damage (E) (C) Emergency Resp & Remediation (C) (F) Damage to Industry Property (G) (C) Value of Product Lost (C)
2009 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% $11,608,509 $21,195 $3,709,127 $7,769,032 $109,154
2010 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% $3,285,186 $0 $1,000,537 $2,283,264 $1,384
2011 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% $5,352,584 $1,086,695 $258,737 $4,000,000 $7,151
2012 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% $871,447 $0 $81,439 $790,000 $7
2013 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% $175,000 $0 $0 $175,000 $0
Totals 0 ***% 0 ***% 0 ***% 0 ***% $21,292,727 $1,107,891 $5,049,842 $15,017,296 $117,697
National Gas Transmission: Consequences Summary Statistics: 2009-2013
Year Public Fatalities Industry Fatalities Public Injuries Industry Injuries Total Property Damage (C) (D) Public/Private Property Damage (E) (C) Emergency Resp & Remediation (C) (F) Damage to Industry Property (G) (C) Value of Product Lost (C)
2009 0 0% 0 0% 7 63% 4 36% $55,742,206 $2,444,842 N/A $48,515,847 $4,781,516
2010 8 80% 2 20% 51 83% 10 16% $427,732,690 $396,976,627 $2,115,277 $20,992,332 $7,648,451
2011 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 1 100% $103,645,356 $7,672,488 $3,375,495 $79,934,206 $12,663,166
2012 0 0% 0 0% 4 57% 3 42% $50,111,670 $2,308,986 $1,026,355 $41,689,187 $5,087,140
2013 0 0% 0 0% 2 100% 0 0% $47,427,426 $4,351,355 $2,640,460 $34,652,851 $5,782,760
Totals 8 80% 2 20% 64 78% 18 21% $684,659,349 $413,754,300 $9,157,588 $225,784,425 $35,963,035
National Gas Transmission Onshore: Consequences Summary Statistics: 2009-2013
Year Public Fatalities Industry Fatalities Public Injuries Industry Injuries Total Property Damage (C) (D) Public/Private Property Damage (E) (C) Emergency Resp & Remediation (C) (F) Damage to Industry Property (G) (C) Value of Product Lost (C)
2009 0 0% 0 0% 7 63% 4 36% $43,445,602 $2,444,842 N/A $36,970,349 $4,030,410
2010 8 80% 2 20% 51 83% 10 16% $416,385,016 $395,002,616 $1,724,554 $13,110,075 $6,547,769
2011 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 1 100% $88,690,788 $7,600,042 $2,911,475 $66,769,719 $11,409,550
2012 0 0% 0 0% 4 57% 3 42% $43,870,405 $2,308,986 $930,664 $35,942,851 $4,687,903
2013 0 0% 0 0% 2 100% 0 0% $42,176,862 $4,351,355 $2,516,144 $30,100,786 $5,208,577
Totals 8 80% 2 20% 64 78% 18 21% $634,568,675 $411,707,843 $8,082,838 $182,893,783 $31,884,211
National Gas Transmission Offshore: Consequences Summary Statistics: 2009-2013
Year Public Fatalities Industry Fatalities Public Injuries Industry Injuries Total Property Damage (C) (D) Public/Private Property Damage (E) (C) Emergency Resp & Remediation (C) (F) Damage to Industry Property (G) (C) Value of Product Lost (C)
2009 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% $12,296,603 $0 N/A $11,545,497 $751,106
2010 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% $11,347,673 $1,974,010 $390,723 $7,882,257 $1,100,682
2011 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% $14,954,567 $72,446 $464,019 $13,164,486 $1,253,615
2012 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% $6,241,264 $0 $95,691 $5,746,335 $399,236
2013 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% $5,250,564 $0 $124,316 $4,552,065 $574,183
Totals 0 ***% 0 ***% 0 ***% 0 ***% $50,090,674 $2,046,457 $1,074,750 $42,890,642 $4,078,824
National Gas Gathering: Consequences Summary Statistics: 2009-2013
Year Public Fatalities Industry Fatalities Public Injuries Industry Injuries Total Property Damage (C) (D) Public/Private Property Damage (E) (C) Emergency Resp & Remediation (C) (F) Damage to Industry Property (G) (C) Value of Product Lost (C)
2009 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% $17,493,042 $10,555,117 N/A $6,559,568 $378,356
2010 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% $2,090,040 $151,085 $404,700 $1,360,308 $173,945
2011 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% $1,650,443 $0 $331,701 $880,459 $438,282
2012 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% $2,928,317 $5,090 $47,336 $2,858,807 $17,082
2013 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% $2,225,187 $553,490 $81,000 $1,447,410 $143,287
Totals 0 ***% 0 ***% 0 ***% 0 ***% $26,387,031 $11,264,782 $864,738 $13,106,554 $1,150,955
National Gas Distribution: Consequences Summary Statistics: 2009-2013
Year (B) Public Fatalities Industry Fatalities Public Injuries Industry Injuries Total Property Damage (C) (D) Public/Private Property Damage (E) (C) Emergency Resp & Remediation (C) (F) Damage to Industry Property (G) (C) Value of Product Lost (C)
2009 9 100% 0 0% 36 76% 11 23% $25,408,686 $21,451,525 N/A $3,438,888 $518,272
2010 3 37% 5 62% 28 71% 11 28% $19,342,381 $14,940,583 $764,415 $3,441,572 $195,810
2011 8 72% 3 27% 33 68% 15 31% $16,623,899 $14,118,574 $1,390,622 $831,764 $282,938
2012 7 100% 0 0% 32 72% 12 27% $23,476,238 $18,517,222 $2,085,571 $2,827,742 $45,702
2013 8 100% 0 0% 32 82% 7 17% $15,528,240 $10,966,237 $798,595 $3,364,187 $399,221
Totals 35 81% 8 18% 161 74% 56 25% $100,379,447 $79,994,143 $5,039,204 $13,904,154 $1,441,944

Notes

  1. Significant Incidents are those incidents reported by pipeline operators when any of the following conditions are met: 1) Fatality or injury requiring in-patient hospitalization. 2) $50,000 or more in total costs, measured in 1984 dollars. 3) Highly volatile liquid releases of 5 barrels or more or other liquid releases of 50 barrels or more. 4) Liquid releases resulting in an unintentional fire or explosion. Serious incidents, a subset of Significant Incidents, are incidents which involve a fatality or injury requiring in-patient hospitalization.
  2. Gas Distribution incidents where fire/explosion was the primary cause of failure, such as a house fire that subsequently resulted in - but was not caused by - a distribution line failure are excluded from 2004 onward. This exclusion has not been applied in years prior to 2004 due to difficulty in identifying these types of events with the older report formats.
  3. The costs for incidents in 2013 and prior are presented in 2013 dollars. Cost of Gas lost is indexed via the Energy Information Administration, Natural Gas City Gate Prices. All other costs are adjusted via the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Government Printing Office inflation values.
  4. For years 2002 and later, property damage is estimated as the sum of all public and private costs reported in the 30-day incident report. For years prior to 2002, accident report forms did not include a breakdown of public and private costs so property damage for these years is the reported total property damage field in the report.
  5. The public cost of an incident is defined as public and private (non operator) costs for the incident.
  6. Prior to 2010, Emergency Response & Remediation costs were not required to be reported for Gas Transmission & Gathering or Gas Distribution incidents.
  7. The industry cost of an incident is defined as all costs to the operator and its contractors.

Sources

  1. PHMSA Flagged Incidents File - July 3, 2014. Note: Incidents occurring up to 30 days prior the Incident File source date may not appear in these reports due to the 30-day reporting period allowed by PHMSA regulation.

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