Study: Oil Pipeline Monitors Don't Catch Most Spills

Key safety sensors in oil pipelines fail to notice 80 percent of leaks.


Wall Street Journal Investigation: High-Tech Oil Pipeline Monitors Catch Less Than 20 Percent Of Leaks (via Desmogblog)

Last September, a farmer harvesting wheat in North Dakota smelled crude oil in his fields. That was the first indication anyone had that a Tesoro pipeline had ruptured and spewed some 20,000 barrels of oil into the environment. Tesoro says it has beefed…


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