Why We’re Wired to Be Wary of Pipelines


On this West Virginia Morning, how do you prepare for a potential gas leak or explosion for a nearby pipeline? How are companies helping residents to prepare? We’ll find out more on this West Virginia Morning.

In September, major explosions involving gas pipelines rocked communities near Pittsburgh and Boston causing evacuations, destroying homes, injuring dozens of people, and killing a young man.

Dangerous incidents are rare. But Pennsylvania is in the midst of a pipeline-building boom, and the particularly controversial Mariner East 2 line is supposed to come online soon.

As part of StateImpact Pennsylvania’s series this week, Marie Cusick has more on why our brains are wired to be wary of certain things, like pipelines.

Find the entire series online at StateImpact Pennsylvania, which is a collaboration between WHYY, WITF, WESA and the Allegheny Front to cover the Pennsylvania’s energy economy.

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