Regulations, technologies aim at safer, more reliable pipeline systems

"The roiling effects of Sept. 11, 2001, have turned the US Congress toward protecting the nation´s energy infrastructure against outside threats." Government actions and markets will combine in 2002 to set pipeline operators´ priorities for several years.Deadlines for major US regulatory initiatives, which often set the bar for operators´ decisions and actions in the rest of the world, will focus attention on safer more reliable systems and on ensuring qualified personnel operate them.The marketplace as well as regulatory pressures have already brought about numerous technological changes in pipeline design, construction, operations, and maintenance. An analysi...

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