Prevent Dangerous Oil and Gas Pipeline Leaks

Target: Jeffrey D. Wiese, Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety for the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Goal: Safeguard land, water, and wildlife from oil and gas pollution caused by unmaintained pipelines.

Our precious natural resources have endured enough pollution from pipeline leaks and spills. The federal government has proposed new regulations that will reduce the risk of spills but more can be done to prevent pipeline leaks. We must support the newly proposed regulations and encourage legislation for automatic valves on the hundred of thousands of miles of pipeline in the United States. Speak up now to prevent pipeline spills.

The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has drafted new rules in regards to the maintainence of oil and gas pipelines. If approved, the rules wil require increased inspections for pipelines in rural areas and more leak detection systems.

This is a huge step for oil and gas infrastructure but this type of legislation should have been put in place years ago. Since 2010, 200 pipeline accidents and spills have occurred. The costliest onshore spill happened in Michigan, spilling 840,000 gallons of crude oil. The other accidents leaked a total of 10 million gallons of oil or gas into the environment, causing $118 million in damages and cleanup.

Instead of dwelling on the past, we must look to the future. This pipeline safety proposal is a progressive and positive move but more can be done to prevent disastrous spills. Automatic and remote-controlled valves should be put in place on new and old lines to quickly stop the flow of oil. If a spill does occur, the automatic valve will prevent a spill from being severe and causing disastrous affects on land, water, and wildlife.

A crude oil and gas leak negatively impacts the environment. Some leaks can cause combustion, creating an explosion or fire. The toxic materials in oil and gas, such as benzene and hydrogen sulfide, can destroy water supplies and wildlife habitat. By signing this petition, you are supporting the newly drafted safety regulation on pipeline infrastructure but also demanding automatic valves on all existing and proposed pipelines in the United States.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Associate Administrator Weise,

Pipeline leaks in the United States have caused millions of dollars in damages just in the last five years. I support the newly drafted safety regulations on pipelines but also want to express my support for implementing automatic and remote-controlled valves on all new and exisitng pipelines.

Pipeline leaks can be dangerous, causing combustion and pollution. Automatic valves will reduce the severity of a spill if a leak does occur. I am begging you to please include the requirement of automatic and remote-controlled valves on pipelines in the United States. Please act to protect the quality of land, water, and wildlife habitat from the destructive effects of pipeline spills.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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