A type of plastic pipe that caused a natural gas explosion in California has been known to create a potential threat to the public. A type of plastic pipe manufactured in the 1970’s and used to transport natural gas is prone to failure. When underground pipes that transport natural gas fail the results can be catastrophic.
Pipeline operators such as public utilities are not required to report pipe failures. Many operators have fought against disclosure and have taken the position that voluntary reporting is sufficient.
Pipelines that transport natural gas need to be monitored and any failures need to be reported to keep the public as well as those that work on pipelines safe.