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Gas pipelines are big business but lightly regulated

By Nicholas Kusnetz, ProPublica The gas pipeline industry is hardly glamorous. But it is lucrative and loosely regulated. Last weekend, two oil and gas pipeline companies announced they would combine to create the biggest such firm in the U.S. when Kinder Morgan offered more than $20 billion to buy El…

Natural gas pipeline crisis plans kept from public

Govt lacks copies of emergency response plans developed by natural gas pipeline operators. The emergency plans for companies operating natural gas pipelines like the one that exploded in San Bruno, Calif., killing eight people and destroying a neighborhood, are effectively off-limits to the public and industry watchdogs because the federal…