American Petroleum Institute (API) Midstream Director Robin Rorick said making drone technology available to operators will help the industry achieve its goal of zero incidents. The Senate has passed the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorisation with a provision that would allow unmanned aircraft system (UAS) utilisation for oil and gas facilities, refineries, pipeline inspection, and response activities.
“Safety is our core value, and the best way to protect the public and the environment is to prevent incidents from ever happening,” said Rorick. “Drone technology will complement the comprehensive safety practices that the industry has in place to ensure that all Americans continue to enjoy the affordable, reliable fuels they depend on.
“The ability to use drones will allow the industry to use the latest technologies to continue to effectively monitor infrastructure and facilities while minimising the risk to personnel.”
API thanked the Senate and the House for adopting this UAS provision and urged the president to quickly sign the legislation into law.
Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling
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