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Serious Pipeline Incidents

PHMSA defines a serious pipeline incident as an event involving a fatality or injury requiring in-patient hospitalization.

The tables below show the number of Serious Incidents in a year for each type of pipeline operator. Each year and selected column totals provide links to focused reports showing the causes of the corresponding incidents.

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.

There is also a designation for Significant Incidents which includes all serious incidents as well as incidents with specifically defined consequences beyond injury and fatality. This Significant Incident data set is designed for historical trending and includes adjustments to account for commodity cost fluctuations and general inflation. See Significant Pipeline Incidents for information on this larger set of incidents.

More Pipeline Incidents Reports are available.

National All Pipeline Systems: Serious Incidents: 1994-2013
Year Number (A) Fatalities Injuries Property Damage (B) (C) Gross Barrels Spilled (Haz Liq) (D) Net Barrels Lost (Haz Liq) (D)(E)
1994 76 22 120 $38,927,797 711 531
1995 59 21 64 $5,108,902 6,564 4,502
1996 63 53 127 $13,657,499 14,315 13,248
1997 49 10 77 $4,379,250 20,000 20,000
1998 70 21 81 $41,641,086 11,117 11,097
1999 66 22 108 $54,555,184 54,456 52,796
2000 62 38 81 $6,594,791 10,981 10,981
2001 40 7 61 $4,623,094 16,114 16,114
2002 36 12 49 $4,729,928 0 0
2003 61 12 71 $9,688,900 0 0
2004 44 23 56 $9,172,317 860 860
2005 39 16 47 $17,962,166 4,048 3,518
2006 32 19 34 $8,058,829 4,513 4,513
2007 43 15 47 $18,546,862 12,176 11,961
2008 37 8 55 $47,792,096 6,755 5,755
2009 46 13 62 $18,890,344 364 364
2010 34 19 104 $381,117,557 3,104 3,104
2011 32 12 51 $6,926,090 0 0
2012 29 10 55 $10,755,096 1,500 1,245
2013 26 9 47 $16,669,529 23,702 23,702
Totals 944 362 1,397 $719,797,317 191,281 184,291
2014 YTD 16 14 78 $19,013,975 0 0
3 Year Average (2011-2013) 29 10 51 $11,450,238 8,401 8,316
5 Year Average (2009-2013) 33 13 64 $86,871,723 5,734 5,683
10 Year Average (2004-2013) 36 14 56 $53,589,089 5,702 5,502
20 Year Average (1994-2013) 47 18 70 $35,989,866 9,564 9,215
National, All Pipeline Systems, Serious Incidents: Count 1994-2013 National, All Pipeline Systems, Serious Incidents: Fatalities 1994-2013 National, All Pipeline Systems, Serious Incidents: Injuries 1994-2013
National Hazardous Liquid: Serious Incidents: 1994-2013
Year Number Fatalities Injuries Property Damage (B) (C) Gross Barrels Spilled (Haz Liq) (D) Net Barrels Lost (Haz Liq) (D)(E)
1994 6 1 7 $3,700,000 711 531
1995 6 3 11 $3,555,000 6,564 4,502
1996 10 5 13 $1,301,147 14,315 13,248
1997 4 0 5 $1,587,500 20,000 20,000
1998 5 2 6 $12,140,000 11,117 11,097
1999 9 4 20 $50,614,000 54,456 52,796
2000 3 1 4 $433,000 10,981 10,981
2001 6 0 10 $3,767,431 16,114 16,114
2002 1 1 0 $7,000 0 0
2003 2 0 5 $200 0 0
2004 3 5 16 $2,964,678 860 860
2005 4 2 2 $9,188,476 4,048 3,518
2006 1 0 2 $740,000 4,513 4,513
2007 5 4 10 $9,025,110 12,176 11,961
2008 3 2 2 $41,511,268 6,755 5,755
2009 3 4 4 $5,961,046 364 364
2010 3 1 4 $559,452 3,104 3,104
2011 2 1 2 $10,500 0 0
2012 2 3 4 $2,836,777 1,500 1,245
2013 3 1 5 $10,271,999 23,702 23,702
Totals 81 40 132 $160,174,584 191,281 184,291
2014 YTD 0 0 0 $0 0 0
3 Year Average (2011-2013) 2 2 4 $4,373,092 8,401 8,316
5 Year Average (2009-2013) 3 2 4 $3,927,955 5,734 5,683
10 Year Average (2004-2013) 3 2 5 $8,306,931 5,702 5,502
20 Year Average (1994-2013) 4 2 7 $8,008,729 9,564 9,215
National, Hazardous Liquid, Serious Incidents: Count 1994-2013 National, Hazardous Liquid, Serious Incidents: Fatalities 1994-2013 National, Hazardous Liquid, Serious Incidents: Injuries 1994-2013
National Hazardous Liquid Onshore: Serious Incidents: 1994-2013
Year Number Fatalities Injuries Property Damage (B) (C) Gross Barrels Spilled (Haz Liq) (D) Net Barrels Lost (Haz Liq) (D)(E)
1994 6 1 7 $3,700,000 711 531
1995 6 3 11 $3,555,000 6,564 4,502
1996 10 5 13 $1,301,147 14,315 13,248
1997 4 0 5 $1,587,500 20,000 20,000
1998 5 2 6 $12,140,000 11,117 11,097
1999 9 4 20 $50,614,000 54,456 52,796
2000 3 1 4 $433,000 10,981 10,981
2001 6 0 10 $3,767,431 16,114 16,114
2002 1 1 0 $7,000 0 0
2003 2 0 5 $200 0 0
2004 3 5 16 $2,964,678 860 860
2005 4 2 2 $9,188,476 4,048 3,518
2006 1 0 2 $740,000 4,513 4,513
2007 5 4 10 $9,025,110 12,176 11,961
2008 3 2 2 $41,511,268 6,755 5,755
2009 3 4 4 $5,961,046 364 364
2010 3 1 4 $559,452 3,104 3,104
2011 2 1 2 $10,500 0 0
2012 2 3 4 $2,836,777 1,500 1,245
2013 3 1 5 $10,271,999 23,702 23,702
Totals 81 40 132 $160,174,584 191,281 184,291
2014 YTD 0 0 0 $0 0 0
3 Year Average (2011-2013) 2 2 4 $4,373,092 8,401 8,316
5 Year Average (2009-2013) 3 2 4 $3,927,955 5,734 5,683
10 Year Average (2004-2013) 3 2 5 $8,306,931 5,702 5,502
20 Year Average (1994-2013) 4 2 7 $8,008,729 9,564 9,215
National, Hazardous Liquid Onshore, Serious Incidents: Count 1994-2013 National, Hazardous Liquid Onshore, Serious Incidents: Fatalities 1994-2013 National, Hazardous Liquid Onshore, Serious Incidents: Injuries 1994-2013
National Hazardous Liquid Offshore: Serious Incidents: 1994-2013
Year Number Fatalities Injuries Property Damage (B) (C) Gross Barrels Spilled (Haz Liq) (D) Net Barrels Lost (Haz Liq) (D)(E)
1994 0 0 0 $0 0 0
1995 0 0 0 $0 0 0
1996 0 0 0 $0 0 0
1997 0 0 0 $0 0 0
1998 0 0 0 $0 0 0
1999 0 0 0 $0 0 0
2000 0 0 0 $0 0 0
2001 0 0 0 $0 0 0
2002 0 0 0 $0 0 0
2003 0 0 0 $0 0 0
2004 0 0 0 $0 0 0
2005 0 0 0 $0 0 0
2006 0 0 0 $0 0 0
2007 0 0 0 $0 0 0
2008 0 0 0 $0 0 0
2009 0 0 0 $0 0 0
2010 0 0 0 $0 0 0
2011 0 0 0 $0 0 0
2012 0 0 0 $0 0 0
2013 0 0 0 $0 0 0
Totals 0 0 0 $0 0 0
2014 YTD 0 0 0 $0 0 0
3 Year Average (2011-2013) 0 0 0 $0 0 0
5 Year Average (2009-2013) 0 0 0 $0 0 0
10 Year Average (2004-2013) 0 0 0 $0 0 0
20 Year Average (1994-2013) 0 0 0 $0 0 0
National, Hazardous Liquid Offshore, Serious Incidents: Count 1994-2013 National, Hazardous Liquid Offshore, Serious Incidents: Fatalities 1994-2013 National, Hazardous Liquid Offshore, Serious Incidents: Injuries 1994-2013
National Gas Transmission: Serious Incidents: 1994-2013
Year Number Fatalities Injuries Property Damage (B) (C)
1994 10 0 22 $27,300,647
1995 8 2 7 $50,000
1996 6 1 5 $4,306,000
1997 4 1 5 $1,110,000
1998 11 1 11 $19,533,000
1999 5 2 8 $195,184
2000 7 15 16 $1,846,096
2001 4 2 5 $0
2002 4 1 4 $219,949
2003 8 1 8 $2,141,135
2004 2 0 2 $71,400
2005 5 0 5 $602,730
2006 6 3 3 $3,172,500
2007 8 2 7 $4,596,283
2008 5 0 5 $228,252
2009 6 0 11 $1,818,179
2010 6 10 61 $376,452,115
2011 1 0 1 $1,413,979
2012 3 0 7 $780,403
2013 1 0 2 $3,062,481
Totals 110 41 195 $448,900,333
2014 YTD 1 1 0 $7,970
3 Year Average (2011-2013) 2 0 3 $1,752,288
5 Year Average (2009-2013) 3 2 16 $76,705,431
10 Year Average (2004-2013) 4 2 10 $39,219,832
20 Year Average (1994-2013) 6 2 10 $22,445,017
National, Gas Transmission, Serious Incidents: Count 1994-2013 National, Gas Transmission, Serious Incidents: Fatalities 1994-2013 National, Gas Transmission, Serious Incidents: Injuries 1994-2013
National Gas Transmission Onshore: Serious Incidents: 1994-2013
Year Number Fatalities Injuries Property Damage (B) (C)
1994 9 0 15 $27,300,647
1995 7 0 7 $0
1996 6 1 5 $4,306,000
1997 4 1 5 $1,110,000
1998 11 1 11 $19,533,000
1999 5 2 8 $195,184
2000 7 15 16 $1,846,096
2001 4 2 5 $0
2002 4 1 4 $219,949
2003 8 1 8 $2,141,135
2004 2 0 2 $71,400
2005 5 0 5 $602,730
2006 6 3 3 $3,172,500
2007 8 2 7 $4,596,283
2008 5 0 5 $228,252
2009 6 0 11 $1,818,179
2010 6 10 61 $376,452,115
2011 1 0 1 $1,413,979
2012 3 0 7 $780,403
2013 1 0 2 $3,062,481
Totals 108 39 188 $448,850,333
2014 YTD 1 1 0 $7,970
3 Year Average (2011-2013) 2 0 3 $1,752,288
5 Year Average (2009-2013) 3 2 16 $76,705,431
10 Year Average (2004-2013) 4 2 10 $39,219,832
20 Year Average (1994-2013) 5 2 9 $22,442,517
National, Gas Transmission Onshore, Serious Incidents: Count 1994-2013 National, Gas Transmission Onshore, Serious Incidents: Fatalities 1994-2013 National, Gas Transmission Onshore, Serious Incidents: Injuries 1994-2013
National Gas Transmission Offshore: Serious Incidents: 1994-2013
Year Number Fatalities Injuries Property Damage (B) (C)
1994 1 0 7 $0
1995 1 2 0 $50,000
1996 0 0 0 $0
1997 0 0 0 $0
1998 0 0 0 $0
1999 0 0 0 $0
2000 0 0 0 $0
2001 0 0 0 $0
2002 0 0 0 $0
2003 0 0 0 $0
2004 0 0 0 $0
2005 0 0 0 $0
2006 0 0 0 $0
2007 0 0 0 $0
2008 0 0 0 $0
2009 0 0 0 $0
2010 0 0 0 $0
2011 0 0 0 $0
2012 0 0 0 $0
2013 0 0 0 $0
Totals 2 2 7 $50,000
2014 YTD 0 0 0 $0
3 Year Average (2011-2013) 0 0 0 $0
5 Year Average (2009-2013) 0 0 0 $0
10 Year Average (2004-2013) 0 0 0 $0
20 Year Average (1994-2013) 0 0 0 $2,500
National, Gas Transmission Offshore, Serious Incidents: Count 1994-2013 National, Gas Transmission Offshore, Serious Incidents: Fatalities 1994-2013 National, Gas Transmission Offshore, Serious Incidents: Injuries 1994-2013
National Gas Gathering: Serious Incidents: 1994-2013
Year Number Fatalities Injuries Property Damage (B) (C)
1994 0 0 0 $0
1995 2 0 3 $10,000
1996 0 0 0 $0
1997 0 0 0 $0
1998 0 0 0 $0
1999 0 0 0 $0
2000 1 0 2 $2,000
2001 0 0 0 $0
2002 1 0 1 $30,000
2003 0 0 0 $0
2004 1 0 1 $20,000
2005 1 0 2 $0
2006 1 0 1 $350
2007 0 0 0 $0
2008 0 0 0 $0
2009 0 0 0 $0
2010 0 0 0 $0
2011 0 0 0 $0
2012 0 0 0 $0
2013 0 0 0 $0
Totals 7 0 10 $62,350
2014 YTD 0 0 0 $0
3 Year Average (2011-2013) 0 0 0 $0
5 Year Average (2009-2013) 0 0 0 $0
10 Year Average (2004-2013) 0 0 0 $2,035
20 Year Average (1994-2013) 0 0 1 $3,118
National, Gas Gathering, Serious Incidents: Count 1994-2013 National, Gas Gathering, Serious Incidents: Fatalities 1994-2013 National, Gas Gathering, Serious Incidents: Injuries 1994-2013
National Gas Distribution: Serious Incidents: 1994-2013
Year Number (A) Fatalities Injuries Property Damage (B) (C)
1994 60 21 91 $7,927,150
1995 43 16 43 $1,493,902
1996 47 47 109 $8,050,352
1997 41 9 67 $1,681,750
1998 54 18 64 $9,968,086
1999 52 16 80 $3,746,000
2000 51 22 59 $4,313,695
2001 30 5 46 $855,663
2002 30 10 44 $4,472,979
2003 51 11 58 $7,547,565
2004 38 18 37 $6,116,239
2005 29 14 38 $8,170,960
2006 24 16 28 $4,145,979
2007 30 9 30 $4,925,469
2008 29 6 48 $6,052,576
2009 37 9 47 $11,111,119
2010 25 8 39 $4,105,990
2011 29 11 48 $5,501,611
2012 24 7 44 $7,137,916
2013 22 8 40 $3,335,049
Totals 746 281 1,060 $110,660,050
2014 YTD 15 13 78 $19,006,005
3 Year Average (2011-2013) 25 9 44 $5,324,859
5 Year Average (2009-2013) 27 9 44 $6,238,337
10 Year Average (2004-2013) 29 11 40 $6,060,291
20 Year Average (1994-2013) 37 14 53 $5,533,003
National, Gas Distribution, Serious Incidents: Count 1994-2013 National, Gas Distribution, Serious Incidents: Fatalities 1994-2013 National, Gas Distribution, Serious Incidents: Injuries 1994-2013

Notes

  1. 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.
  2. The costs presented here are nominal (that is, as reported by the Operator at the time of the incident) and are not adjusted to account for commodity cost fluctuations or general inflation.
  3. 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.
  4. Starting Sept 2013, this column displays "volume released unintentionally" for all years after 2009. Before Sept 2013, the column displayed the sum of "volume released unintentionally" and "volume released intentionally" for all years after 2009.
  5. Net Barrels Lost applies only to Liquid incidents and is the difference between Gross Barrels Spilled and Barrels Recovered.

Sources

  1. PHMSA Flagged Incidents File - Sept 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.

See Pipeline Incidents Reports for more pipeline safety reports.

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