Residents of Longmont, West Virginia have suffered through pipeline explosions far too often. Pipeline explosions can damage communities, the environment and the reputation and finances of a business. The cost of that damage can be crippling for businesses within this industry.
The West Virginia Enterprise Gas Pipeline exploded in Brooke County on March 26 . Nearly a week before on the 17, an explosion caused the Yellowstone River Pipeline to dump thousands of gallons of gas into its namesake river for the second time since its construction. Only days later in North Dakota, a 3 million gallon spill occurred during the drilling of a new pipeline. The following day, another spill occurred in the same state.
The frequency of these events is a troubling phenomena for local residents and gas and oil companies alike. Mitigating the frequency of these explosions is imperative to ensuring environmental conservation, public safety and businesses continuity .
Unfortunately, the issue of pipeline explosions hasn't reached a crescendo. News of these disasters is often isolated to the rural areas and states affected by them. The lack of media exposure has kept these events from entering the national conversation.
In order to prevent more explosions from occurring, it is imperative that oil and gas companies provide their employees with training modules that enable them to maintain pipelines effectively . Through that maintenance, the adherence to important safety regulations can be documented for accountability's sake.
This is especially important for pipeline operators as these disasters are followed by thorough investigations into the cause of an explosion. In the even that negligence is the cause, a pipeline operator risks exposing themselves to fines and legal recourse.
Safety Advantage LLC provides pipeline operator training to gas and oil companies. Using this resource can prevent leaks and the explosions that follow.