Getting a pipeline built isn't easy these days, but the latest in pipeline safety technology...

Getting a pipeline built isn't easy these days, but the latest in pipeline safety technology could bring environmentalists and industry together. Remote-sensing technology designed to detect dangerous leaks has the potential to provide the neutral ground for consensus decisions. The clincher: The technology is not only affordable, it saves money and could eventually save the industry.

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  • OptionManiac
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    8 Feb 2013, 11:50 AM Reply Like
  • saratogahawk
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    Remote sensing systems have been around for some time and are used currently on some pipelines and other continuous monitoring circumstances. The real obstacles to pipelines right now is the anti-development environmental activist lobby and the White House. DOT hazmat incident reports show much lower incident frequencies for pipelines for billion ton miles of petroleum product as compared to rail transport. While a pipeline event usually is larger volumetrically than a rail incident it also gets the resources to make the cleanup. Small rail incidents may or may not get reported and cleaned up. Rail travel is more efficient than trucking but less efficient than pipelines for petroleum products.


    For those interested you can access this type of information at the DOT hazmat records; the National Response Center; Manhattan Policy Institute; and many other sources.


    Overall either source of transport is safer than 30 years ago so generally we have more efficient transport and much better spill cleanup now.


    With something on the order of 500,000 miles of pipelines in the US now it is hard to understand the objections to the Keystone XL pipeline. A long career in the environmental field has taught me it matters much less about the facts than about the ideology. That makes for bad decision making on the part of government and often hurts the economy in unpredictable ways.
    8 Feb 2013, 11:58 AM Reply Like
  • bobby44
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    saratogahawk --- There you go with the logic thingy again!


    People who live in (and hang around ) white houses are not usually concerned with the logic thingys.
    8 Feb 2013, 12:12 PM Reply Like
  • saratogahawk
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    bobby44 so right you are. Oh well logic doesn't mean that much anymore. Just look at what they teach in school now.
    8 Feb 2013, 12:30 PM Reply Like
  • bakermre
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    What is not understood is the real logic behind the Keystone XL story. Politicians (Obama) are very logical; they need funds, support and spokespersons to carry them forward to victory at the polls. Obama is very smart and well organized! On July 14, 2010, he met with Warren Buffett "privately" at the White House to discuss the economy and other vague subjects., Real deal: Obama was asked to block the XL as long as possible, use environmental concerns, left wing Democrats, movie stars, etc. to promote that argument for delay. As a quid-pro-quo, Buffett would come out, (as an almost lone supporter) on the side of "we should raise taxes on the multi-billionaires, like me" and very rich millionaires like Obama (to be "fair"). Good rallying cry for Obama supporters in 2012. Really energized his troops for election.


    The result? XL kept being blocked. Buffett's Burlington Northern RR gets to carry about 1 million extra barrels of Canadian crude south every day. Another player, Saudi Arabia, gets to keep supplying the East Coast with very costly, very dirty crude with never a peep of opposition from environmentalists, like David Suzuki et. al. Meanwhile Suzuki howls against the XL and Canadian Tar Sands oil. Why? Suzuki and his team have since admitted, on CBC Canadian T.V., they "accept" donations and supporting funds from the Saudis and Hugo Chavez interests! Canada and Canadians get hurt badly, Buffett's RR gets very profitable and "friend" Saudi Arabia, gets further hidden support to prop up its feudal, misogynistic regime. So, do you see the logic? Not much logic missing here!!
    8 Feb 2013, 12:54 PM Reply Like
  • lorneb
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    I would like to see the CBC TV interview with Suzuki. Can you tell us on what date it aired so we can search for it please.
    8 Feb 2013, 01:36 PM Reply Like
  • marpy
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    What Saratogahawk prints is a logical and factual. What you have printed are the details of the manipulation used by the ideologically corrupt to circumvent logic and profit from their actions. It is though factual.
    8 Feb 2013, 02:56 PM Reply Like
  • metal27
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    I have never before seen an article where the Comments were so much BETTER than the original piece. Thanks SA people!
    8 Feb 2013, 01:04 PM Reply Like
  • Todd Colucy
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    This company has great potential. It's a very good long-term opportunity.
    8 Feb 2013, 01:55 PM Reply Like
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