The federal government’s pipeline safety watchdog, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, has a set of rules for a little more than 18,000 miles of gathering lines — generally high-pressure lines in populated areas. But another 439,000 miles of pipeline are classified as rural gathering lines and left unregulated. That’s enough to wrap around the Earth more than 17 times.
An unprecedented drilling boom in West Texas’s Permian Basin is great for business. But it’s polluting the air, overwhelming communities and threatening the planet. Kiah Collier, Jamie Smith Hopkins, & […]