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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.

Transition Notice: Effective October 1, 2014, please visit our new website at http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/pipeline/library/datastatistics/pipelineincidenttrends for Pipeline Incident and Mileage Data. This new website will better serve you and provides a single point of access to pipeline data. Please note that the data has been migrated to the new website already; however, you can continue to access the data on this website until October 31, 2014. After this date, you will be redirected to the new website. We apologize for any inconvenience to you during this transition period. If you have questions or feedback, please contact PHMSAPHPDataandStatistics@dot.gov.
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% $173,645,089 $36,576,012 $27,327,033 $101,556,310 $8,185,732
2010 12 63% 7 36% 80 76% 24 23% $1,495,623,054 $469,878,873 $933,468,023 $79,074,451 $13,201,706
2011 8 66% 4 33% 33 64% 18 35% $376,630,113 $55,985,020 $177,857,243 $125,961,713 $16,826,134
2012 9 90% 1 10% 39 70% 16 29% $218,112,507 $33,279,605 $91,951,622 $85,375,096 $7,506,183
2013 8 88% 1 11% 35 74% 12 25% $326,749,590 $27,589,422 $204,257,248 $81,040,081 $13,862,839
Totals 46 73% 17 26% 231 72% 88 27% $2,590,760,354 $623,308,933 $1,434,861,170 $473,007,653 $59,582,596
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% $141,456,279 $12,448,306 $88,792,357 $37,999,359 $2,216,256
2013 0 0% 1 100% 0 0% 5 100% $261,535,364 $11,718,340 $200,737,193 $41,573,633 $7,506,198
Totals 3 30% 7 70% 5 26% 14 73% $1,780,500,452 $118,295,706 $1,419,799,638 $220,210,518 $22,194,588
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% $140,584,832 $12,448,306 $88,710,917 $37,209,359 $2,216,249
2013 0 0% 1 100% 0 0% 5 100% $261,360,364 $11,718,340 $200,737,193 $41,398,633 $7,506,198
Totals 3 30% 7 70% 5 26% 14 73% $1,759,207,725 $117,187,815 $1,414,749,796 $205,193,222 $22,076,890
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% $55,893,840 $2,444,842 N/A $48,515,847 $4,933,150
2010 8 80% 2 20% 51 83% 10 16% $427,917,827 $396,976,627 $2,115,277 $20,992,332 $7,833,588
2011 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 1 100% $101,919,832 $7,672,488 $3,375,495 $79,934,206 $10,937,642
2012 0 0% 0 0% 4 57% 3 42% $50,249,829 $2,308,986 $1,026,355 $41,689,187 $5,225,299
2013 0 0% 0 0% 2 100% 0 0% $47,458,832 $4,351,355 $2,640,460 $34,652,851 $5,814,166
Totals 8 80% 2 20% 64 78% 18 21% $683,440,162 $413,754,300 $9,157,588 $225,784,425 $34,743,847
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% $43,573,417 $2,444,842 N/A $36,970,349 $4,158,224
2010 8 80% 2 20% 51 83% 10 16% $416,558,854 $395,002,616 $1,724,554 $13,110,075 $6,721,607
2011 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 1 100% $86,960,117 $7,600,042 $2,911,475 $66,769,719 $9,678,879
2012 0 0% 0 0% 4 57% 3 42% $44,005,790 $2,308,986 $930,664 $35,942,851 $4,823,287
2013 0 0% 0 0% 2 100% 0 0% $42,208,268 $4,351,355 $2,516,144 $30,100,786 $5,239,983
Totals 8 80% 2 20% 64 78% 18 21% $633,306,447 $411,707,843 $8,082,838 $182,893,783 $30,621,983
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% $12,320,423 $0 N/A $11,545,497 $774,925
2010 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% $11,358,972 $1,974,010 $390,723 $7,882,257 $1,111,981
2011 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% $14,959,715 $72,446 $464,019 $13,164,486 $1,258,762
2012 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% $6,244,039 $0 $95,691 $5,746,335 $402,011
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 ***% $50,133,714 $2,046,457 $1,074,750 $42,890,642 $4,121,864
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% $17,505,041 $10,555,117 N/A $6,559,568 $390,355
2010 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% $2,094,782 $151,085 $404,700 $1,360,308 $178,688
2011 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% $1,651,535 $0 $331,701 $880,459 $439,375
2012 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% $2,928,710 $5,090 $47,336 $2,858,807 $17,476
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 ***% $26,405,257 $11,264,782 $864,738 $13,106,554 $1,169,181
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% $25,425,122 $21,451,525 N/A $3,438,888 $534,707
2010 3 37% 5 62% 28 71% 11 28% $19,348,591 $14,940,583 $764,415 $3,441,572 $202,020
2011 8 72% 3 27% 33 68% 15 31% $16,632,872 $14,118,574 $1,390,622 $831,764 $291,911
2012 7 100% 0 0% 32 72% 12 27% $23,477,688 $18,517,222 $2,085,571 $2,827,742 $47,151
2013 8 100% 0 0% 33 82% 7 17% $15,530,207 $10,966,237 $798,595 $3,366,187 $399,188
Totals 35 81% 8 18% 162 74% 56 25% $100,414,481 $79,994,143 $5,039,204 $13,906,154 $1,474,978

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 - Oct 1, 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.

See Pipeline Incidents Reports for more pipeline safety reports.

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