Stopping the Danger Before It Starts: Preventing Exposed Pipelines

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Stopping the Danger Before It Starts: Preventing Exposed Pipelines

The U.S. has over 2.5 million miles of pipelines crisscrossing the country. As existing lines grow older, critics warn that the risk of accidents could increase. Many pipelines transport petroleum products and natural gas, and some pipelines transport other hazardous products such as chemicals, highly volatile liquids, anhydrous ammonia, or carbon dioxide. Exposure to these

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How Are Pipelines Replaced?

Nearly 50% of the U.S. pipeline system is 40 years old or older. As recently as 2016, the federal Department of Transportation (DOT) estimated 30,000 miles of cast-iron pipe still carried gas in the United States, with the highest percentage of these mains located in older eastern cities such as New York City, Philadelphia, Boston,

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Fighting Cyber Attacks in the Oil and Gas Industry

Digitization is on the rise in the conservative oil and gas industry as companies realize the cost and operational efficiency boost that sensors and algorithms can offer them. Meanwhile, cybercriminals are keeping ahead of the learning curve, forcing oil and gas to play catch-up. The Cyber Threat Energy companies—including pipeline operators and utilities—spend millions on

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Utah’s Oil and Gas Division Has ‘Alarming’ Lack of Oversight

A blistering legislative audit of Utah’s oil and gas division found it “alarming” that regulators are not carrying out their state-mandated oversight of nearly 200 drilling operators, letting violations go unresolved for years and not forcing the cleanup of environmental contamination at waste disposal sites. The Division of Oil, Gas and Mining “has not adequately

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New Technology Helps to Detect Leaks Before They Become a Problem

Pipelines are widely used for the transportation of hydrocarbon fluids over millions of miles all over the world. The structures of the pipelines are designed to withstand several environmental loading conditions to ensure safe and reliable distribution. However, leaks in pipeline networks are one of the major causes of innumerable losses in pipeline operators and

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Fight Winter Erosion Before It’s Too Late

Working on a pipeline site during the winter months offers a unique set of challenges. Temporary erosion and sediment control measures installed during frozen conditions may not remain functional under thaw conditions. This means that whatever you put in place to control erosion during frozen conditions needs to also function during the snowmelt to come.

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U.S. Officials Adopt Rules to Prevent Pipeline Explosions, Spills

S. transportation officials adopted long-delayed measures that are meant to prevent pipeline spills and deadly gas explosions, but they don’t address recommended steps to lessen accidents once they occur. The new rules from the Department of Transportation apply to more than 500,000 miles of pipelines that carry natural gas, oil, and other hazardous materials throughout

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