Industry Works to Conquer Methane Leaks in Pipelines and Wellheads

December 2016, Vol. 243, No. 12

While reliable gas transmission, distribution and gathering networks are critical to the nation’s growth, such infrastructure is being threatened by a failing pipeline network that leaks methane. Corrosion, along with the age of the system, plus the materials used decades ago, has caused the pipe systems to fail, sometimes with catastrophic results. Replacement of the aging gas infrastructure is accelerating with more than 38 states having fast-tracked replacement programs as reported by the American Gas Association (AGA). “The goal of reducing methane emissions is a high-profile issue in the discussion over climate change and a…

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