Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Dogs Detect Pipeline Leaks
The United States has roughly 1.4 M miles of oil and gas pipelines, with more than 60 percent of these pipelines were built before 1970. And while pipelines remain the safest way to transport crude and other refined petroleum fuels - oil, natural gas, biofuels - across long distances significant pipeline accidents have increased by nearly 60 percent, totaling more than 1,300 spill incidents across the United States since 2010. The combination of increasing pipeline age and increasing spill accidents has resulted in additional regulatory and compliance scrutiny. When such an accident does occur it is important to act expediently to mitigate the regulatory, financial, and environmental impacts. When periodic integrity assessments indicate a flaw within the pipeline, canines can be deployed to quickly pinpoint the exact leak location, reducing the overall costs of repair and downtime of the system.