March 2020, Vol. 247, No. 3

Features

Causes, Effects and Solutions for Damaged Pipelines

By Kraig Nunn, Industrial Engineer, SpotSee The United States has more than 2.5 million miles (4 million km) of pipelines dedicated to liquid and natural gas. Although many are unaware, this large network provides a lifeline to everyday activities like pumping gas, generating electricity and even heating a home. Since the raw materials that produce these luxuries are found in different parts of the world, pipelines are often seen as the safest and most efficient option for transportation. However, because of several high-profile pipeline failures, the public is increasingly skeptical of the benefits they provide. Because pipes are used to transport these important, yet potentially harmf

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