5-year study shows pipeline spills reduced

Cheryl J. TrenchAllegro Energy ConsultingNew YorkMark D. WeesnerExxonMobil Pipeline Co.HoustonSince the voluntary environmental performance tracking initiative Pipeline Performance Tracking System began in 1999, the petroleum pipeline industry has reduced both the number and volume of crude, refined product, and highly volatilile liquid (HVL) spills. Improved testing and repair techniques, improved integrity-management practices, and an increased emphasis on managing pipeline risk have led to these reductions.PPTS records detailed information about spills and releases, their causes and consequences. The pipeline members of the American Petroleum Institute and the Association of Oil Pipe L...

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