Environmentalism transported

Since the oil boom busted in 1982, the world's oil and gas industries have had to learn how to find, drill, produce, and move hydrocarbons in the face of nearly constant opposition from economics and environmentalism.Thus, the lead article (p. 60) in this issue's Pipeline Report summarizes some of the most important recent technology advances in the pipeline industry.Some have helped the pipeline industry improve its economics, such as higher-strength steels that allow thinner walls with even higher internal pressures, automatic welding that improves weld quality while accelerating lay rates, and sophisticated leak-detection and monitoring that allow industry to ensure its systems...

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