New CO2 pipeline safety measures announced in the US


New measures are set to be implemented across the US to increase the safety of carbon dioxide (CO2) pipelines to protect communities from pipeline failures.

The US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on Thursday (26th May) announced the measures as a result of its investigation into a CO2 pipeline failure in Satartia, Mississippi.

At the time of the failure, 2020, the incident resulted in local evacuations and caused almost 50 people to seek medical attention. The new measures hope to ensure that incidents such as this won’t happen again.

Tristian Brown, PHMSA Deputy Administrator, said, “I recently visited with the first responders in Satartia to hear first-hand of the pipeline failure so that we can improve safety and environmental protections for CO2 pipelines and work to protect communities from experiences like this.”

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