Pipeline construction is progressing in Pennsylvania at a record pace. Billions of dollars in natural gas gathering and transportation pipeline projects are currently on the books or are in progress. The question of who or what entity oversees construction and construction practices has been raised. It seems that Pennsylvania joins only Alaska as states without any official regulatory agency overseeing pipeline construction. Several agencies like the PUC and DEP have limited roles. However, Harrisburg legislators and the governor have opposed any type of legislation creating regulatory oversight of interstate pipeline construction.
Critics of the lack of regulations for pipeline construction believe that lax practices may place workers in harms way. More importantly, long term safety concerns for communities through which pipelines cross include poor welding and other practices may lead to failure and explosions.
Those suggesting no need for more regulations argue that most of the new pipelines run through very rural areas thereby negating most safety concerns.
The debate will continue in Harrisburg.
DLP represents injured and killed pipeline construction workers. DLP has settled and tried cases in most rural county seats including Tunkhannock, Dushore, Coudersport, Wellsboro, Towanda, Montrose, Milford, Lock Haven, Williamsport and elsewhere. Remember–Pipeline Injury??? CALL DLP!!