Pipe-seam failures rare but damaging

Ruptures are gushers, expert says

Posted: August 11, 2013 at 3:54 a.m.

Ruptures of long seams in old oil and gas pipelines, like the one that dumped some 210,000 gallons of heavy oil into a Mayflower subdivision in March, account for as few as 4 percent of all U.S. pipeline failures, experts say.

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