April 2020, Vol. 247, No. 4

Executive Profile

iPIPE Boosting ‘Zero Tolerance’ for Pipe Leaks

P&GJ Staff Report North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum confronted the pipeline industry nearly three years ago, suggesting that technological improvements were needed to overcome the trend toward increased pipeline leaks in his state. Almlie “We are moving toward an era of zero tolerance for pipeline leaks,” he said. Shortly afterward, several leaders began working to develop a program to foster creation of new technology, especially for narrow-diameter gathering pipelines. This group of industry leaders asked the North Dakota Industrial Commission to participate with cost-match funding to fund promising projects – as a result, the intelligent Pipel

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