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Pipe Installation & Maintenance: Pipeline Failures, Serious Accidents Often Due to Errors by Engineers, Contractors

Source: https://www.waterworld.com/, November 1, 2007
By: Dr. Jey K. Jeyapalan, P.E.

There are more than eight million miles of pipeline nationwide, with the number of pipeline failures and serious accidents now on the rise.

Multiple Mistakes

Take for example what happened in Boston on the Big-Dig. After years of unstoppable leaks needing continuous pumping of over two million gallons of water each month, a woman was killed on her way to the Logan airport when the roof of the tunnel collapsed. The Boston Globe reported this summer that state and federal officials are now demanding Bechtel-Parsons Brinckerhoff pay as much as $1 billion to settle claims for shoddy work in exchange for a guarantee the consortium won’t face criminal charges, according to the sources with knowledge of the negotiations. Read more.

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