July 2015, Vol. 242, No. 7

Features

Part II: Presidents Report Finds Need to Bolster Vulnerable Infrastructure

Editor’s note: This second of a three-part series on the first-ever presidential Quadrennial Energy Review 2015 focuses on the safety and vulnerabilities of transportation, storage and distribution (TS&D) infrastructure and methane emissions. Natural disasters pose a significant safety risk to the nation’s TS&D infrastructure. In 2012, there were 11 weather disasters in the United States costing $1 billion, second only to 2011 for the most on record. Insurance data in the QER reports $22 billion in total losses from weather events in 2013, excluding self-insured losses. The report noted that while the natural gas TS&D sector is generally less vulnerable than elec

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