March 2015, Vol. 242, No. 3

Features

Pipeline Integrity: Its An Imperative, Not A Choice

The late 19th century’s most brilliant businessman, J.D. Rockefeller, was an oil tycoon who discovered that the best way to take advantage of his country’s growing thirst for oil was to control distribution. Although the pipeline that Rockefeller built in the 1870s wouldn’t look like much compared to today’s sophisticated pipeline networks, it was an engineering feat that helped his company ensure oil got to the clients who needed it most. Rockefeller knew that distributing oil was perhaps more important than even drilling for it. And every inch of that first pipeline of the Standard Oil Co. could be fraught with problems, including saboteurs who didn’t like th

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