Pipeline Safety: Better Data and Guidance Could Improve Operators' Responses to Incidents

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Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Numerous variables--some of which are under operators' control--influence the ability of transmission pipeline operators to respond to incidents. For example, the location of response personnel and the use of manual or automated valves can affect the amount of time it takes for operators to respond to incidents. However, because the advantages and disadvantages of installing an automated valve are closely related to the specifics of the valve's location, it is appropriate that operators decide whether to install automated valves on a case-by-case basis. Several operators we spoke with ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. January 28, 2013.

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Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Numerous variables--some of which are under operators' control--influence the ability of transmission pipeline operators to respond to incidents. For example, the location of response personnel and the use of manual or automated valves can affect the amount of time it takes for operators to respond to incidents. However, because the advantages and disadvantages of installing an automated valve are closely related to the specifics of the valve's location, it is appropriate that operators decide whether to install automated valves on a case-by-case basis. Several operators we spoke with have developed approaches to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of installing automated valves, such as using spill-modeling software to estimate the potential amount of product released and extent of damage that would occur in the event of an incident."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Pipeline Safety: Better Data and Guidance Could Improve Operators' Responses to Incidents, text, January 28, 2013; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc299092/: accessed June 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.