Colonial Pipeline, the owner and operator of a major East Coast pipeline involved in two recent Birmingham-area disasters, has a safety record that is substantially worse than many other pipeline companies in the South, Birmingham’s WBHM reports. The Atlanta-based company, which remains under a federal investigation for a deadly Oct. 31 blast that killed two workers near Helena, Ala., “has a shocking history of what federal regulators call ‘significant incidents,’” WBHM reports, including “gross negligence” that contributed to seven spills releasing 1.45 million gallons of oil in several Southern states. For that offense, Colonial paid $34 million in fines under ... Read More
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