PIPELINE SAFETY-2: Pipeline safety rules may stretch industry's expertise

Workers lay out more line along Longhorn Pipeline's right-of-way, which runs through some of the most environmentally sensitive areas of Texas. To receive approval for the line, Longhorn Pipeline Partners agreed to several expensive modifications to the line that industry observers fear could set a precedent for future construction. Photograph from Longhorn Pipeline Partners Ltd., DallasClick here to enlarge imageMore-stringent safety requirements in "high-consequence" areas may send US pipeline companies scrambling for outside expertise that they lack in-house, say industry officials. New US Department of Transportation (DOT) rules require operators of liquid pipelines to identify ...

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