Professional Risk Assessment Study Provides Accuracy and Relief

Delaware County Council’s pipeline risk assessment study results were featured in a Delco Times article today. These assessments seem to be published with growing frequency though today’s was the work of professionals.

The Delaware County Council should be commended for selecting G2 Integrated Services, a Houston based infrastructure compliance and risk management firm, and adding a professional perspective to a discussion that has had many self-interested voices at play.

What followed was an $115,000 study, months of work, and a 79 page report analyzing the risks of the Adelphia and Mariner East 2. G2 outlined two goals:

  • Determine the risk of fatalities in relation to distance from the pipelines
  • Examine how the risks compare to other common risky scenarios and activities

G2’s findings are eye opening:

  • A person is 20 times more likely to die from a traffic accident
  • A person is 35 times more likely to die from a house fire
  • A person is 20 times more likely to die from a fall from the stairs

In short, the report summates that “the individual fatality risk levels estimated for both the Mariner East 2 pipeline and the Adelphia pipeline fall within a range of other common risk sources.”

Fear mongering around pipelines in Pennsylvania has led to extremely exaggerated interpretations of risks. G2’s study is important in reaffirming that these pipelines have remained committed to safety through surpassing a rigorous state and federal permitting and review process.