Tuesday, March 10, 2015

NTSB Study Aims to Better Manage Gas Pipeline Integrity

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a study on integrity management of gas transmission pipelines in high consequence areas. The agency reports integrity management involves the process by which pipeline operators and inspectors find and address problems before they result in incidents. The study includes recommendations on various improvements, which include a broadened use of in-line inspection, the inspection method that detects the most potential problem areas per mile of pipeline. 
In addition, the agency recommends closer state-to-state and federal-state cooperation among inspectors, and calls for expanded and improved resources and guidance at the federal level, including improvements to the National Pipeline Mapping System and better integration of geographic information system technology.