Need a Job? Become a Natural Gas Pipeline Inspector! No Experience Necessary!Dec 11th, 2012 | By fjgallagher | Category: Lead Articles, Natural Gas Leaks
Here’s something that might scare the bejesus out of everyone who is concerned about the integrity of our nation’s natural gas infrastructure.
Because federal pipeline safety regulations leave natural gas pipeline inspections in large part to the natural gas industry; when it comes to inspecting pipelines for leaks, they are pretty much on their own. They self-police and we, in turn, trust their data.
Federal regulators, in the form of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, step in, for the most part, only when there’s an indication of a violation.
For example, PHMSA’s description of its role in keeping pipelines safe doesn’t specifically include inspecting pipelines for leaks; instead, PHMSA inspectors — and there are only 90 to cover the entire country — inspect pipeline operators’ records for compliance with existing regulations.
One has to imagine that leak surveying is critical to ensuring that a natural gas pipeline is operating without endangering the public safety, yet according to this listing, the people doing this work — the ones who are on the front line when it comes to pipeline safety — are paid only a fraction more than the guy who flips your burger at McWendyKing’s or the woman who says hello when you walk into a WalMart.
These must be the quality jobs the natural gas industry keeps talking about.