Data from US pipeline performance tracking begin to yield clearer picture

The US petroleum pipeline industry has undertaken a voluntary reporting initiative to track performance, recording detailed information about spills and releases, their causes and consequences.The pipeline members of the American Petroleum Institute and the Association of Oil Pipe Lines believe that tracking industry performance will result in improvements to that performance and demonstrate the industry's commitment to safety and environmental protection.The recordThe spill record of oil pipeline systems has improved substantially over the last 34 years (Fig. 1). Click here to enlarge imageIn the 5 years from 1968 through 1972, the pipeline system averaged 377 reportable incidents/y...

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