Pipeline Operators, Are You Prepared for NTSB Accident Investigations?

April 2017, Vol. 244, No. 4

By Dane Jaques, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, Washington, D.C.

The aftermath of a liquid or natural gas pipeline accident can be chaotic and quite demanding for a pipeline operator and its employees. The effect on people, property and the environment can be dramatic. The effort required to respond to a pipeline accident can be overwhelming, especially when combined with the need to continue running the company.  Most pipeline companies and utilities are well-prepared to stop the flow of product and coordinate with emergency responders, but many are not prepared for a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation. Operators may struggle and make significant mistakes…

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