From David Goins with our content partner, KARK Ch. 4:

As some homeowners move back into the Northwoods Subdivision in Mayflower, a former federal regulator says pipelines will continue to be the primary form of energy transportation in the U.S.

Brigham McCown, former acting administrator for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), will talk safety of oil and gas pipelines in the U.S. at a lecture at the Clinton School of Public Service on Tuesday at noon.

McCown sat down with KARK Monday and says while the investigation continues into the Pegasus Pipeline rupture in Faulkner County, from a policy standpoint, the nation should continue to utilize pipelines.

“Pipelines account for 66 percent of energy transportation in this country,” McCown says. “The question we need to be asking after Mayflower is how can we learn from this incident? Let’s get to the bottom of it, put political posturing aside, and make sure we’re using science to dictate how to improve the system.”

A report released by Exxon in July revealed that hook cracks in the original manufacturing on the pipe led to the rupture.

You can watch Goins full report at this link.

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