Mike Younger, Backwoods Pipeline Surveys

When Mike Younger learned about a compressor station being built near hear farm he started to ask questions – after hiking out to visit pipelines in rural Tennessee he was spurred into action. He found places where the pipes were exposed, crossing rivers, or in dangerous flood zones. He started taking pictures, gathering data, and compiling a report.

Now the pipeline survey is a substantial report which is costing pipeline companies hundreds of thousands of dollars – in fact – if the companies were regulated according to the law their business may not be viable. That’s why Mike is on a mission to show us how we can monitor the industries that impact our lives.

If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work, you’re going to love this interview.Mike breaks down exactly how he started his survey, and gives us a blueprint for how we can leverage this valuable tactic to defend the land.


I hope you enjoy this episode of the Halt the Harm Podcast with Mike Younger.

As Mentioned in the Show:

Main Message:

There comes a point where we need to roll up our sleeves and get to work. The tactic of exposing poor pipeline maintenance and putting it into a formal study to be disseminated at all levels of gov’t is a viable tactic. Why? Because it’s reproducible – pipelines are everywhere, and we can monitor the places where pipelines run through our communities with tools like google maps and a camera.

What We Talked About:

  • What initially mobilized him to challenge the oil and gas industry
  • The lack of regulation of the industry – or regulation in favor of the industry
  • How Mike started the Pipeline Survey
  • The pipeline survey he conducted and HOW
  • Just putting together the report wasn’t enough – he needed to get the attention of regulatory agencies and political representatives.

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