Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Friday that federal law enforcement agencies will be conducting traffic checks at several pipeline projects that could pose a threat to the state’s natural resources.
A spokesman for Abbott said that the governor is reviewing the pipeline’s construction in an effort to ensure that it complies with all environmental, regulatory, safety and health standards.
The governor said the Department of Transportation (DOT) has received numerous reports of construction-related injuries and deaths in Texas.
The state has been working to improve safety for pipeline workers.
In April, the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced that it was monitoring the construction of two proposed oil and gas pipelines.
The agency said it would issue an emergency permit if conditions became dangerous or unsafe, and said the project was not in compliance with the Federal Pipeline Safety Act.
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In July, an explosion killed a man and injured four others when a pipeline ruptured in western Texas.
In November, the state said that construction of a pipeline that could transport crude oil in North Dakota was “under review” after an oil spill in the area killed two workers.
The pipeline’s route passed through a tribal land and an industrial property.