Energy & Environment

The explosion in natural gas supplies in the Ohio Valley region is creating demand for more pipelines to carry the gas. The Department of Energy predicts Pennsylvania and Ohio will nearly double their natural gas production in the next 15 years. That isn’t the only boom that has people in the region concerned. Gas line ruptures, leaks, and explosions have heightened safety concerns, as the Pittsburgh-based nonprofit journalism outlet Allegheny Front reports:

“Overall, pipelines have steadily gotten safer over the past few decades—though more than 300 serious pipeline incidents have resulted in 132 deaths in the past decade, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.”

Working in collaboration with ReSource partner station West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Allegheny Front has mapped gas pipeline incidents in five states over roughly the past two decades. The interactive maps below allow you to find where these mishaps occurred in Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York and to get brief information on the cause of each incident and damage done.

The Allegheny Front is produced in Pittsburgh and reports on the environment. More at alleghenyfront.org.

Jeff Young is the Managing Editor of The Ohio Valley ReSource.