Managing perception

Attention on pipeline integrity management first approached current levels in the 1970s when debate surrounding the 800-mile Trans-Alaskan Pipeline System unleashed activism previously unseen in the pipeline industry.Even after the engineering challenges of building roughly half the length across permafrost had been effectively addressed, environmental activists mounted successive legal actions under the then-new National Environmental Policy Act in an effort to derail or delay the pipeline. Native American populations in the area also found themselves with unprecedented leverage and used it to exact the best terms possible for transit of their lands.Parties also massed in favor of the pi...

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