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Iowa

133
Incidents

$12
Fatalities

$27
Injuries

$39.7M
Property Damages

50
Gas Incidents

$83
Hazardous Liquid Incidents

Read the Iowa Pipeline profile from the US DOT

Pipeline Incidents by Cause

'86

1986

6 incidents. Causes:

Natural Force Damage : 17%

Material Weld Equipment Failure: 17%

Corrosion : 17%

All Other Causes : 50%

'87

1987

5 incidents. Causes:

Excavation Damage : 20%

Corrosion : 20%

All Other Causes : 60%

'88

1988

3 incidents. Causes:

Incorrect Operation : 33%

Excavation Damage : 33%

All Other Causes : 33%

'89

1989

10 incidents. Causes:

Incorrect Operation : 20%

Excavation Damage : 40%

All Other Causes : 40%

'90

1990

5 incidents. Causes:

Incorrect Operation : 40%

Excavation Damage : 20%

Corrosion : 40%

'91

1991

2 incidents. Causes:

All Other Causes : 100%

'92

1992

3 incidents. Causes:

Material Weld Equipment Failure : 33%

Excavation Damage : 33%

All Other Causes : 33%

'93

1993

8 incidents. Causes:

Natural Force Damage : 25%

Excavation Damage : 25%

All Other Causes : 50%

'94

1994

8 incidents. Causes:

Material Weld Equipment Failure : 13%

Corrosion : 25%

All Other Causes : 63%

'95

1995

5 incidents. Causes:

Material Weld Equipment Failure: 60%

Incorrect Operation : 20%

Excavation Damage : 20%

'96

1996

5 incidents. Causes:

Other Outside Force Damage : 20%

Natural Force Damage : 20%

Excavation Damage : 40%

All Other Causes : 20%

'97

1997

5 incidents. Causes:

Natural Force Damage : 20%

Incorrect Operation : 20%

Corrosion : 20%

All Other Causes : 40%

'98

1998

3 incidents. Causes:

Material Weld Equipment Failure : 67%

All Other Causes : 33%

'99

1999

8 incidents. Causes:

Material Weld Equipment Failure : 25%

Incorrect Operation : 25%

Excavation Damage : 25%

All Other Causes : 25%

'00

2000

3 incidents. Causes:

Natural Force Damage : 33%

Incorrect Operation : 33%

All Other Causes : 33%

'01

2001

4 incidents. Causes:

Natural Force Damage : 25%

Incorrect Operation : 25%

Excavation Damage : 50%

'02

2002

6 incidents. Causes:

Material Weld Equipment Failure : 50%

Excavation Damage : 33%

All Other Causes : 17%

'03

2003

1 incidents. Causes:

Incorrect Operation : 100%

'04

2004

4 incidents. Causes:

Natural Force Damage : 25%

Incorrect Operation : 25%

Excavation Damage : 25%

All Other Causes : 25%

'05

2005

8 incidents. Causes:

Material Weld Equipment Failure : 63%

Excavation Damage : 25%

Corrosion : 13%

'06

2006

3 incidents. Causes:

Other Outside Force Damage : 33%

Material Weld Equipment Failure : 67%

'07

2007

1 incidents. Causes:

Material Weld Equipment Failure : 100%

'08

2008

4 incidents. Causes:

Natural Force Damage : 50%

Material Weld Equipment Failure : 50%

'09

2009

3 incidents. Causes:

Material Weld Equipment Failure : 67%

Excavation Damage : 33%

'10

2010

9 incidents. Causes:

Other Outside Force Damage : 11%

Natural Force Damage : 11%

Material Weld Equipment Failure: 22%

Incorrect Operation : 22%

Corrosion : 11%

All Other Causes : 22%

'11

2011

4 incidents. Causes:

Natural Force Damage : 25%

Material Weld Equipment Failure: 25%

Excavation Damage : 25%

All Other Causes : 25%

'12

2012

7 incidents. Causes:

Material Weld Equipment Failure : 14%

Excavation Damage : 29%

Corrosion : 14%

All Other Causes : 43%

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More on this Data

The map displays only "significant incidents," defined by PHMSA, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, as those that caused either a death or serious injury, cost more than $50,000, released more than 50 barrels of liquid, or caused a fire or explosion (see the official definition here). It includes incidents through Sept. 28, 2012. Many incidents lack sufficient location data and do not appear on the map.
Source: PHMSA

Date Operator Fatalities Injuries Property Damage Cause
Feb. 13, 1986 Iowa Illinois Gas & Electric 0 2 $84K Temperature
March 6, 1986 Hydrocarbon Transportation Inc 0 0 $447K Miscellaneous Cause
April 3, 1986 Magellan Pipeline Company, Lp 0 0 $1,787 Miscellaneous Cause
May 7, 1986 Northern Natural Gas Co 0 0 $179K Unspecified Mat'l/Weld/Equip Failure
Aug. 24, 1986 Amoco Oil Co 0 0 $893 External Corrosion
Sept. 21, 1986 Great River Gas Co 0 1 $0 Miscellaneous Cause
March 31, 1987 Amoco Oil Co 0 0 $7,837 Miscellaneous Cause
April 4, 1987 Mid America Pipeline Co (Mapco) 0 0 $0 Miscellaneous Cause
June 2, 1987 Magellan Pipeline Company, Lp 0 0 $13.1K External Corrosion
June 26, 1987 Mid America Pipeline Co (Mapco) 1 2 $668 Third Party Excavation Damage
Sept. 9, 1987 Midwest Gas Co 2 0 $174K Miscellaneous Cause
April 26, 1988 Nustar Pipeline Operating Partnership L.P. 0 0 $295K Unspecified Incorrect Operation
June 15, 1988 Kinder Morgan Energy Partners 0 1 $0 Miscellaneous Cause
Sept. 30, 1988 Magellan Pipeline Company, Lp 0 0 $11.8K Operator/Contractor Excavation Damage
Feb. 24, 1989 Iowa Electric Light & Power Co 0 0 $122K Third Party Excavation Damage
March 27, 1989 Black Hills Energy 0 0 $195K Miscellaneous Cause
April 24, 1989 Amoco Oil Co 0 0 $813K Third Party Excavation Damage
June 26, 1989 Amoco Pipeline Co 0 0 $325K Miscellaneous Cause
July 4, 1989 Natural Gas Pipeline Co Of America (Kmi) 0 0 $163K Miscellaneous Cause
July 13, 1989 Magellan Pipeline Company, Lp 0 0 $0 Unspecified Incorrect Operation
Sept. 7, 1989 Black Hills Energy 0 1 $0 Third Party Excavation Damage
Sept. 15, 1989 Mid America Pipeline Co (Mapco) 0 0 $49.4K Third Party Excavation Damage
Sept. 28, 1989 Magellan Pipeline Company, Lp 0 0 $0 Unspecified Incorrect Operation
Nov. 7, 1989 Mid America Pipeline Co (Mapco) 0 0 $488K Miscellaneous Cause
April 1, 1990 Amoco Pipeline Co 0 0 $78.4K Third Party Excavation Damage
May 19, 1990 Magellan Pipeline Company, Lp 0 0 $19.6K Unspecified Incorrect Operation
June 17, 1990 Koch Pipeline Inc 0 0 $0 Internal Corrosion
July 2, 1990 Magellan Pipeline Company, Lp 0 0 $6,268 Internal Corrosion
July 30, 1990 Magellan Pipeline Company, Lp 0 0 $3,134 Unspecified Incorrect Operation
March 18, 1991 Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. Ammonia 0 0 $2,265 Miscellaneous Cause
March 20, 1991 Magellan Pipeline Company, Lp 0 1 $302 Miscellaneous Cause
June 1, 1992 Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. Ammonia 0 0 $368 Unspecified Weld
June 16, 1992 I E S Utilities, Inc. 0 0 $295K Miscellaneous Cause
July 5, 1992 Natural Gas Pipeline Co Of America (Kmi) 0 0 $133K Operator/Contractor Excavation Damage
March 19, 1993 National Coop Refinery Assco 0 0 $72K Third Party Excavation Damage
April 1, 1993 Amoco Pipeline Co 0 0 $15.8K Unspecified Natural Force Damage
May 4, 1993 Koch Industries Inc 0 0 $252K Miscellaneous Cause
June 28, 1993 Midwest Gas Div Of Iowa Public Service Co 0 1 $0 Miscellaneous Cause
July 3, 1993 Magellan Pipeline Company, Lp 0 0 $57.6K Unspecified Natural Force Damage
Sept. 9, 1993 Midwest Gas Div Of Iowa Public Service Co 2 0 $144K Miscellaneous Cause
Oct. 17, 1993 Magellan Pipeline Company, Lp 0 0 $720 Unspecified Excavation Damage
Oct. 18, 1993 Kinder Morgan Energy Partners 0 0 $484 Miscellaneous Cause
Feb. 1, 1994 Mid America Pipeline Co (Mapco) 0 0 $2.32M Miscellaneous Cause
Feb. 25, 1994 Black Hills Energy 0 0 $155K Miscellaneous Cause
April 18, 1994 Northern Natural Gas Co 0 0 $141K External Corrosion
May 30, 1994 Northern Natural Gas Co 0 0 $98.7K External Corrosion
Sept. 8, 1994 Mid America Pipeline Co (Mapco) 0 0 $507 Malfunction Of Control/Relief Equipment
Sept. 20, 1994 Mid America Pipeline Co (Mapco) 0 0 $28 Miscellaneous Cause
Sept. 23, 1994 Mid America Pipeline Co (Mapco) 0 0 $387 Miscellaneous Cause
Oct. 17, 1994 Midwest Gas Div Of Iowa Public Service Co 6 1 $353K Miscellaneous Cause
March 21, 1995 Kinder Morgan Energy Partners 0 1 $0 Unspecified Incorrect Operation
March 24, 1995 Northern Natural Gas Co 0 0 $104K Unspecified Mat'l/Weld/Equip Failure
June 13, 1995 Mid America Pipeline Co (Mapco) 0 0 $4,590 Unspecified Weld
Sept. 29, 1995 Mid America Pipeline Co (Mapco) 0 0 $27.7K Third Party Excavation Damage
Dec. 21, 1995 Koch Pipeline Inc 0 0 $117K Unspecified Weld
March 5, 1996 Alliant Energy Interstate Power And Light Company 0 0 $219K Temperature
March 17, 1996 Black Hills Energy 0 0 $678K Unspecified Outside Force Damage
Aug. 29, 1996 Mid America Pipeline Co (Mapco) 0 1 $86.6K Third Party Excavation Damage
Sept. 5, 1996 Mid America Pipeline Co (Mapco) 0 0 $271 Operator/Contractor Excavation Damage
Sept. 24, 1996 Alliant Energy Interstate Power And Light Company 0 1 $67.8K Miscellaneous Cause
Jan. 16, 1997 Black Hills Energy 0 1 $266 Temperature
Feb. 6, 1997 Mid America Pipeline Co (Mapco) 0 0 $79.9K Miscellaneous Cause
March 11, 1997 Magellan Pipeline Company, Lp 0 0 $4.53M Internal Corrosion
Aug. 13, 1997 Midamerican Energy Company 0 1 $0 Unspecified Incorrect Operation
Dec. 23, 1997 Midamerican Energy Company 0 0 $200K Miscellaneous Cause
Jan. 5, 1998 Midamerican Energy Company 0 0 $263K Miscellaneous Cause
Jan. 13, 1998 Kinder Morgan Gp, Inc. 0 0 $658 Malfunction Of Control/Relief Equipment
July 11, 1998 Kinder Morgan Energy Partners 0 0 $658 Malfunction Of Control/Relief Equipment
Feb. 13, 1999 Magellan Pipeline Company, Lp 0 0 $104K Miscellaneous Cause
May 1, 1999 Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. 0 0 $2.08M Third Party Excavation Damage
May 24, 1999 Magellan Pipeline Company, Lp 0 0 $368K Unspecified Weld
Aug. 6, 1999 Magellan Pipeline Company, Lp 0 0 $97.4K Unspecified Incorrect Operation
Aug. 27, 1999 Magellan Pipeline Company, Lp 0 0 $390K Unspecified Pipe Body Or Seam
Oct. 6, 1999 Kinder Morgan Gp, Inc. 0 1 $0 Unspecified Incorrect Operation
Nov. 11, 1999 Northern Natural Gas Co 1 1 $189K Third Party Excavation Damage
Dec. 28, 1999 Kinder Morgan Gp, Inc. 0 0 $1,299 Miscellaneous Cause
Feb. 26, 2000 Magellan Pipeline Company, Lp 0 0 $509K Miscellaneous Cause
Sept. 26, 2000 Kinder Morgan Energy Partners 0 0 $1,273 Unspecified Incorrect Operation
Dec. 7, 2000 I E S Utilities, Inc. 0 0 $1.27M Temperature
April 7, 2001 Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. 0 0 $8,273 Unspecified Natural Force Damage
Aug. 23, 2001 Kinder Morgan Energy Partners 0 0 $435 Unspecified Incorrect Operation
Nov. 19, 2001 Nustar Pipeline Operating Partnership L.P. 0 0 $12.4K Third Party Excavation Damage
Dec. 14, 2001 Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. Ammonia 0 1 $2.49M Operator/Contractor Excavation Damage
Jan. 2, 2002 Magellan Pipeline Company, Lp 0 0 $6,112 Malfunction Of Control/Relief Equipment
Feb. 3, 2002 Magellan Pipeline Company, Lp 0 0 $8,315 Threaded Connection/Coupling Failure
April 17, 2002 Bp Pipeline (North America) Inc. 0 0 $707K Third Party Excavation Damage
July 16, 2002 Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. 0 0 $147K Joint/Fitting/Component
Oct. 8, 2002 Northern Natural Gas Co 0 0 $164K Third Party Excavation Damage
Dec. 27, 2002 Gilmore City Municipal Gas System Inc 0 0 $159K Miscellaneous Cause
March 11, 2003 Natural Gas Pipeline Co Of America (Kmi) 0 1 $0 Unspecified Incorrect Operation
March 25, 2004 Northern Natural Gas Co 0 0 $279K Third Party Excavation Damage
May 31, 2004 Midamerican Energy Company 0 0 $453K Heavy Rains/Floods
Nov. 1, 2004 Midamerican Energy Company 0 1 $1,187 Unspecified Incorrect Operation
Dec. 2, 2004 Kinder Morgan Energy Partners 0 0 $3,803 Miscellaneous Cause
March 17, 2005 Magellan Pipeline Company, Lp 0 0 $251K Third Party Excavation Damage
June 1, 2005 Enterprise Products Operating Llc 0 0 $65.9K Butt Weld
June 3, 2005 Enterprise Products Operating Llc 0 0 $146K Body Of Pipe
July 4, 2005 Northern Natural Gas Co 0 0 $110K Body Of Pipe
Aug. 19, 2005 Enterprise Products Operating Llc 0 0 $863 Non Threaded Connection Failure
Aug. 26, 2005 Enterprise Products Operating Llc 0 0 $348K External Corrosion
Nov. 9, 2005 Northern Natural Gas Co 0 1 $351K Third Party Excavation Damage
Dec. 29, 2005 Nustar Pipeline Operating Partnership L.P. 0 0 $30.3K Joint/Fitting/Component
July 27, 2006 Winfield Municipal Gas 0 0 $168K Vehicle Not Engaged In Excavation
July 28, 2006 Enterprise Products Operating Llc 0 0 $97.3K Fillet Weld
Aug. 3, 2006 Natural Gas Pipeline Co Of America (Kmi) 0 0 $258K Butt Weld
Dec. 30, 2007 Enterprise Products Operating Llc 0 0 $226K Body Of Pipe
Jan. 25, 2008 Magellan Pipeline Company, Lp 0 0 $116K Temperature
March 1, 2008 Magellan Pipeline Company, Lp 0 0 $2,673 Joint/Fitting/Component
May 25, 2008 Midamerican Energy Company 0 0 $209K High Winds
June 1, 2008 Oneok Ngl Pipeline, Llc 0 0 $1.1M Environmental Cracking Related
May 6, 2009 Amoco Oil Co 0 0 $259K Operator/Contractor Excavation Damage
July 8, 2009 Enterprise Products Operating Llc 0 0 $133K Fillet Weld
Sept. 7, 2009 Alliant Energy Interstate Power And Light Company 0 0 $131K Joint/Fitting/Component
Jan. 10, 2010 Northern Natural Gas Co 0 0 $481K Threaded Connection/Coupling Failure
Feb. 23, 2010 Oneok Ngl Pipeline, Llc 0 0 $130K Incorrect Valve Position
March 14, 2010 Magellan Pipeline Company, Lp 0 0 $514K Other Natural Force Damage
Sept. 16, 2010 Enterprise Products Operating Llc 0 0 $117K Miscellaneous Cause
Sept. 26, 2010 Alliant Energy Interstate Power And Light Company 0 3 $86.5K Electrical Arcing From Other Equipment/Facility
Oct. 18, 2010 Midamerican Energy Company 0 0 $1.09M Incorrect Valve Position
Nov. 15, 2010 Magellan Ammonia Pipeline, L.P. 0 0 $67.7K Construction, Installation Or Fabrication Related
Dec. 19, 2010 Alliant Energy Interstate Power And Light Company 0 0 $149K Unknown Cause
Dec. 30, 2010 Magellan Ammonia Pipeline, L.P. 0 0 $64.8K External Corrosion
Jan. 30, 2011 Anr Pipeline Co 0 0 $211K Malfunction Of Control/Relief Equipment
May 12, 2011 Midamerican Energy Company 0 1 $5,252 Unknown Cause
June 9, 2011 Nustar Pipeline Operating Partnership L.P. 0 0 $108K Previous Damage Due To Excavation
Aug. 13, 2011 Enterprise Products Operating Llc 0 0 $7.67M Heavy Rains/Floods
Jan. 22, 2012 Oneok Ngl Pipeline, Llc 0 0 $5,393 Threaded Connection/Coupling Failure
Jan. 30, 2012 Anr Pipeline Co 0 0 $115K Unknown Cause
Feb. 12, 2012 Anr Pipeline Co 0 0 $150K Unknown Cause
April 25, 2012 Northern Natural Gas Co 0 2 $578K Third Party Excavation Damage
April 27, 2012 Midamerican Energy Company 0 0 $630K Third Party Excavation Damage
May 22, 2012 Waukee Municipal Gas 0 0 $101K Miscellaneous Cause
Aug. 7, 2012 Northern Natural Gas Co 0 0 $122K Internal Corrosion