Modeling pipeline spill determines impact on HCAs

Both small and large US operators are devoting time and resources to validate the integrity of their pipelines and assess any potential impact on US Department of Transportation-defined high consequence areas (HCAs; see accompanying sidebar). Speeding up this process are new pipeline safety rules from the US Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS).Now, all pipeline operators that transport hazardous liquid products over long distances must implement an integrity-management program including periodic inspection, testing, and integration of information related to pipeline integrity. As a result, determining potential impact on HCAs has become a priority for many operators.The goal is to test points...

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