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Pipes in Gulf of Mexico Not Properly Monitored, Watchdog Finds

April 19, 2021, 1:24 PM

The U.S. isn’t adequately monitoring 8,600 miles of active offshore oil and gas pipelines located on the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico, a federal watchdog has concluded.

  • A report by the Government Accountability Office found that the Interior Department’s offshore oil-safety regulator does not generally conduct or require any subsea inspections of active pipelines and instead relies on surface observations and pressure sensors to detect leaks
  • Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement regulations are outdated and do not address how pipelines should be inspected
  • The report recommends the agency develop and finalize updated pipeline regulations, including...

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