Building Standards and Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline

Submitted by: BROKE

The evidence:

  • A structure built “to code” is unlikely to collapse because of an earthquake, though the structure may still experience some structural damage. The structure may even require major repairs before becoming operational again.
  • Structures can be built to higher standards, allowing them to experience minimal structural damage and remain operational after earthquakes. This is particularly relevant to those structures whose failure could result in societal hazards, such as dams or nuclear power plants.
  • Kinder Morgan proposes building their pipeline to “the minimum enforced design standards”. Implicit in this is the assumption that the standards used to prevent the collapse of a building are appropriate standards to use for pipelines.