Fenceline-monitoring system solves big problem

The new fenceline-monitoring system at Tosco Refining Co.'s Rodeo, Calif., refinery monitors the north and south perimeters of the refinery for 38 chemicals. The Tosco Refining Co. Rodeo, Calif., refinery installed a fenceline-monitoring system in 1997. According to Dale Iverson, senior environmental engineer, it is the first of its kind in the world. The system identifies and measures the quantity of defined gases, such as methane and benzene, along the perimeter of the refinery. While the introduction of new technology into refineries can be a slow endeavor, unexpected events can push the process along more rapidly. Such an event occurred at the Tosco Rodeo r...

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