Pipeline Regulators Spend More Time With Industry Than Doing Their Job

Between 2007 and 2012, staff from the Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration spent 2,807 days at conferences, meetings and other events sponsored by the oil, gas and pipeline industries, according to the report from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). That’s nearly three times as many as the 970 days the staffers spent responding to spills, explosions and other significant incidents on the pipelines they regulate. PEER drew the figures from agency records received in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

via Pipeline Regulators Spend More Time With Industry Than Oil Spills: Watchdog Report.

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