August 2011, Vol. 238 No. 8

Features

Fixing Americas Pipeline System With Ring Expansion Testing

Ring expansion testing could provide a cost-efficient solution to the need to comply with a new regulation that will potentially require American utility operators to evaluate the integrity of their gas pipelines. Ring testing also could help prevent the re-occurrence of ruptures such as the disastrous San Bruno, CA explosion last year. U.S. Transportation Department Secretary Ray LaHood recently admitted that a full review of the country’s gas transmission network was urgently needed in a bid to “fix America’s pipeline system.” His bold statement came at a press conference in May during which the Department of Transportation announced that it will issue

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