US regulatory squeeze dominates industry’s pipeline integrity concerns

A number of critical trends have combined to escalate pipeline integrity challenges to unprecedented heights.The convergence of growing security, safety, environmental, and energy supply reliability concerns, all reaching critical mass, demands a new paradigm for monitoring and managing the integrity of the world’s pipeline systems.These concerns are compounded by a boom in new pipeline construction spurred by surging oil and natural gas demand growth, a spike in the cost of related materials and services, an aging pipeline infrastructure, and a shrinking labor pool for tomorrow’s workforce.At the same time, the pipeline industry is grappling with mounting regulatory pressures...

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