The Center for Biological Diversity has released a video on their YouTube channel that reveals some shocking statistics about the safety of pipelines in the United States from 1986 to the present time. The video was put out as a way to educate people about the facts directly correlated to the safety surrounding pipelines amidst Keystone XL Pipeline talks.
According to the video, since 1986 there has been $7.5 billion in damages and 2,400 pipeline-related injuries—including 532 deaths. In the video you’ll see a map of the U.S. along with a series of dots in four different colors. Red dots represent fatalities, yellow dots represent injuries, black dots represent hazardous liquids with the thickness of the dot resembling the size of the spill, and last but not least–blue–which represents natural gas.
As the video progresses you’ll see the map explode with dots of all colors. Take note of where these incidents are occurring most frequently and see if you can spot any trends.