Pipelines in your Community
pipelines must cross the countryside to deliver products over long
distances, the pipeline has many neighbors. The pipeline crosses
creeks and rivers, highways and roads, farmers’ fields, parks,
and may be near homes, businesses or other community centers.
The ability to transport one of our vital resources safely and
without damaging our environment is a unique advantage of pipelines.
To protect communities, pipeline neighbors, sensitive environmental
areas, as well as the pipeline itself, the pipeline industry's efforts
to maintain the pipeline routes and facilities include continuous
monitoring of the system.
are monitored through a combination of systems and safety programs.
Experienced pilots regularly fly over the pipeline routes. Where
aerial patrols are restricted, pipeline operations make periodic
visual ground inspections. Also, computerized systems report and
record the line pressures and the status of the operating equipment
24 hours a day at manned control centers.
Many systems are used to monitor pipelines; and, generally, a single
pipeline will employ several. For example, sensitive instruments
are monitored at the control center to detect conditions such as
a drop in pressure or a change in the flow rate that might indicate
a rupture. Also, lines are frequently inspected on foot, by vehicle
or from airplanes and helicopters.
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