Jeffrey Jones, VP of Sales & Business Development at SkyX, an infrastructure asset company providing actional, long range aerial data to the O&G industry, argues that the new ruling does not tackle the problem head on.
"While the ruling by PHMSA to require all new oil and gas pipelines to have shut-off valves is an important one for the industry and general public, it neglects the existing pipeline infrastructure. Older pipelines are facing potentially serious integrity issues that need to be addressed more urgently than the new pipelines," says Jeffrey Jones, VP of Sales & Business Development at SkyX.
"Oil and gas companies must get a handle on the precarious nature of aging infrastructure by ensuring regular, detailed asset monitoring. Aerial asset monitoring is the safest, most efficient and most cost-effective method to do this, arming these companies with unique, actionable, long-range data on an ongoing basis."
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The April issue includes a keynote article on regulations and compliance, along with technical articles on horizontal directional drilling, integrity systems and pipeline mapping.
Read the article online at: https://www.worldpipelines.com/equipment-and-safety/04042022/the-us-announces-it-will-require-valves-on-new-pipelines-to-prevent-disasters/