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Faulty Welds Exposed Inside Keystone XL Pipeline Could Affect East Texas Community

20 February 2013No Comments

pipelineIt was on the morning of December 3, 2012, that faulty welds inside a mile-long segment of the Keystone XL pipeline were discovered by protestors at the Tar Sands Blockade, a coalition of landowners in Texas and Oklahoma using nonviolent action to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. According to blockaders, they could see light shining through a weld where they were resting after barricading themselves inside. The property through which the pipeline was being run belonged to a multi-generational African-American family, and the current residents have stated that they were never informed of the carcinogenic nature of the substances that will soon be flowing through their land if regulators fail to ensure that the defective pipe is fixed. After learning about the faulty welding work done by TransCanada, the family is demanding stringent regulation to avoid a devastating oil spill.

KXL Pipeline Safety And Regulation Called Into Question

Photos of the shoddy weld work were exposed on January 31, 2013, when a spokesperson for the Tar Sands Blockade interrupted the annual Pipetech Americas Summit in Texas, taking to task TransCanada’s commitment to safety and regulation during the company’s speech on pipeline safety. Whistleblower accounts from former TransCanada welding engineers also describe systemic negligence in the company’s internal inspection process. Add to that the latest news that serious concerns are being raised about the efficacy of Pipeline Inspection Gauges – an industry-standard tool used to locate life-threatening faulty welds and irregularities in pipelines – and there is plenty of reason to be concerned about the risks posed by the toxic tar sands pipeline being constructed in Texas and Oklahoma.

Blockade Calls For More Stringent Pipeline Regulation

“Clearly, the dramatic and life-threatening weld discovered in Winona should be immediately investigated by PHMSA and the recurring themes of TransCanada’s systemic negligence of human health and environmental safety are considered within the broader scope of the Keystone XL Northern Segment’s consideration by the U.S. State Department, but the entire discovery only confirms the deepest, most cynical fears of affected residents near the KXL route,” stated Tar Sands Blockade spokesperson Ramsey Sprague. “Construction of all tar sands pipelines should halt immediately until the clear inability for the petrochemical industry to construct, install, monitor, and maintain safe pipelines is remedied adequately in accordance with the common-sense sentiment that pipelines moving hazardous, toxic materials should not leak into people’s homes.”

Consult Our Reputable Attorneys For Legal Help

The faulty welds on the Keystone XL pipeline and devastating oil spills like the Deepwater Horizon explosion and BP spill in 2010 that killed eleven workers and dumped millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico shed light on the dangers for both human and environmental health posed by poorly constructed pipelines and oil rigs. If you believe you or a loved one has been harmed by inadequate pipeline regulation or the negligence of a company like TransCanada, or if faulty pipeline construction has had an adverse impact on your land, consult our knowledgeable pipeline explosion attorneys at Bandas Law Firm today. Our law firm is located in Corpus Christi, and our lawyers have extensive experience protecting the legal rights of individuals across the state of Texas affected by a personal injury or environmental contamination.

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