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Facility Type Affected – Natural Gas v. Telecommunications

Table 10 – Facilities Affected for Natural Gas and Telecom

 

Natural Gas

Telecom

Facility Affected

Damages

% of
Total-All

% of
Total-Known

Damages

% of
Total-All

% of
Total-Known

Distribution

30,465

37.56%

40.25%

28,587

31.72%

43.74%

Gathering

133

0.16%

0.18%

 

 

 

Service drop

44,824

55.27%

59.22%

34,771

38.59%

53.20%

Transmission

272

0.34%

0.36%

2,003

2.22%

3.06%

Unknown

5,411

6.67%

 

24,723

27.44%

 

 

When “unknown” root causes are eliminated, the two industries appear quite similar when examining the percentages of distribution and service drop in facilities affected. Telecommunications has a higher percentage of transmission than does natural gas.[1] In the telecommunications industry, long-haul fiber is considered transmission. Again, the high percentage of “unknown” contributes to the lower DQI for telecommunications events.

 

[1] Telecommunications also had a handful of "gathering” as facility affected. These were probably data-entry errors and were set aside for this analysis.

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