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About 2.5 million miles of pipelines extend through all corners of every US state, supplying homes and commercial establishments with water, oil, petroleum, natural gas or other hazardous liquids. These pipelines run from production areas (as many as 34 states produce natural gas, which is used in all 50 states) to distribution hubs and then to every populated area nationwide.

Many of these pipelines, though, are never given proper maintenance and monitoring, subjecting metals to corrosion and welded joints to possible damages. There are also cases of use of sub-standard materials and neglected damaged parts or worn out parts.

Since these are hazardous liquids that run through these pipes, the safety of the general and unaware public is put at great risk. In fact, in the year 2012 in one state alone, no less than 80 natural gas pipeline explosions and fires were recorded by the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration or PHMSA, which is responsible for the inspection and regulation of pipelines; the PHMSA is a division of the US Department of Transportation. As many as 38 of the 80 reported explosions were classified as “significant” and significant, according to PHMSA, is that which results to severe injuries or deaths, explosion or fire, release of at least 50 barrels of liquid and damages amounting to $50,000 or more.

Combining this recorded number with those from all other US states, it is clearly evident that pipeline safety is a key concern which ought to be given significant consideration by the general public and, most of all, by state regulators. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, explosions do not just damage and destroy properties; these can also injure anyone in the near vicinity. In some cases, these explosions may be the result of another party’s negligent actions. Failure to properly maintain or regularly inspect these pipelines may lead to a tragic accident, and the liable person or persons should be held responsible.