August 2011, Vol. 238 No. 8

Features

Can Technology Chart Safer Future For Pipelines?

“It is encouraging to see that innovations are occurring in the (gas pipeline) public safety space…” –Timothy Alan Simon, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission, and Chair, NARUC Natural Gas Committee While no one would ever label the natural gas pipeline industry as “high-tech,” technology nevertheless is playing a major part in the industry’s response to a series of deadly pipeline incidents in North America in the past 18 months. For example, today there can be a digital footprint created and stored on new pipe literally as it is being buried in the ground. Panels of experts told federal regulators earlier this year t

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