Senator Asks GAO to Examine Shale Plays' Transportation Impacts

The letter from U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who chairs the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, also cited the devastating Lac Megantic derailment and fire in Canada on July 6.

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who chairs the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, has sent a letter asking the Government Accountability Office to examine how shale oil and gas development in many regions of the country are affecting existing transportation infrastructure and safety on those roads and in those pipelines.

Rockefeller, D-W.Va., cited the devastating Lac Megantic derailment and fire in Canada on July 6 and also the December 2012 pipeline explosion in Sissonville, W.Va., in his letter, which said the domestic oil and gas energy boom has raised questions about the ability of existing infrastructure to safely transport the extracted products.

This is not a new issue for the senator or the committee. It held a rail safety hearing last month and a field hearing on pipeline safety in January 2013, and GAO is reviewing the U.S. freight rail safety regime at Rockefeller's request.

comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - October 2019

    October 2019

    Featuring:

    • WINTER HAZARDS
      Preparing for Old Man Winter's Arrival
    • CONSTRUCTION
      Staying Safe in the Trenches
    • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE
      Setting a Higher Standard: The Limitations of Regulatory Limits
    • ELECTRICAL SAFETY
      Five Important Things to Know About Arc Flash PPE Programs
    View This Issue