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Table 2-20: Natural Gas Distribution Pipeline Incidents

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Table 2-20: Natural Gas Distribution Pipeline Incidents

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  1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Number of incidents 0 0 3 0 2 4
Number of fatalities 0 0 0 0 0 1
Number of injuries 0 0 1 0 1 4
Property damage ($ thousands) 0 0 55 0 80 19
United States, total            
Number of incidents 97 110 102 137 119 154
Number of fatalities 16 471 9 17 19 22
Number of injuries 43 1091 67 65 85 59
Property damage ($ thousands) 10,951 16,2531 12,493 19,055 25,914 23,399

1 Includes 33 fatalities, 42 injuries, and $5,000,000 property damage associated with an incident in San Juan, Puerto Rico that was attributed to natural gas at the time. The cause of the incident is currently in dispute and subject to litigation.

NOTE: Incidents are reported on Form RSPA F 7100.1.

NOTES FOR DATA ON THIS PAGE: Incident means any of the following events:

I. An event that involves a release of gas from a pipeline or of liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility and a) a death or personal injury necessitating in-patient hospitalization or b) estimated property damage, including cost of gas lost, of the operator or others, or both, of $50,000 or more.

II. An event that results in an emergency shutdown of an LNG facility.

III. An event that is significant, in the judgment of the operator, even though it did not meet the criteria of I or II.

Historical totals may change as the Office of Pipeline Safety receives supplemental information on incidents.

SOURCE FOR DATA ON THIS PAGE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, Office of Pipeline Safety, available at as of Jan. 7, 2002.