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Fracking Pipelines Currently Unregulated by Federal Government

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Pipelines carrying natural gas from hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) operations are currently unregulated by the federal government, leaving a large gap in the reporting of leaks, corrosion and potential health hazards.

A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the agency that regulates gas pipelines, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, only regulates about 24,000 miles of the 240,000 miles of what are known as "gathering pipelines" in the U.S. Gathering pipelines collect natural gas and hazardous liquids from production areas and transport them to processing facilities.

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