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At present, pipelines carrying hazardous substances such as flammable or toxic material are not subject to risk assessment by government regulation. This raises concerns regarding liability in the event of accidents and spillages, particularly where the pipelines are close to urban developments. This review focuses on incidents relating to onshore transmission pipelines, and compares these with public accident data from pipeline networks around the world. Accident frequency data from various locations is analysed and the consequences of past accidents are discussed. It is proposed that European Community legislation should be extended to cover pipeline networks, on a par with the controls imposed on chemicals installations. Such a development would, it is argued, be in keeping with the Community's precautionary environmental legislation.

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Authors: PAPADAKIS G A, ISIS Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18122 EN (1998)
Availability: Available free of charge from CCR Ispra
Record Number: 199910620 / Last updated on: 1999-04-13
Original language: en
Available languages: en