February 2020, Vol. 247, No. 2


Pipeline Integrity Management – Past, Present, Future

By Richard Nemec, Contributing Editor Before what was once a quiet middle-class suburban neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. had cooled into silence, a decade-long response in the U.S. pipeline industry was already underway, focusing on the molecules making up modern large-diameter pipe and the densely populated areas in which these energy highways traverse.  Visual inspection of pipe remains an essential part of integrity management. In 2020, the industry is preparing to turn the page from that tragic natural gas transmission pipeline rupture in 2010 that killed eight residents and injured 51 others while destroying or damaging more tha

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