Over the last few years, U.S. government agencies have been becoming increasingly more concerned about security risks surrounding thousands of oil and gas pipelines. These concerns, associated with traditional, as well as new, threats related to energy transportation have led to new government guidelines and regulations.
In the article published by North American Oil & Gas Pipelines, Darin Dillon, Convergint’s Energy Principal, discusses the implications of the new policies for national oil and gas companies. Darin also talks about Convergint solutions that can help strengthen the security of pipelines and meet government regulations.
Security Risks for Pipelines
According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the risks related to energy transportation have included accidents, operational, and system errors, as well as physical and cyber attacks. Recently, GAO’s list has expanded to include new security threats.
Additional threats to the safety of national pipelines were stated by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) on March 29, 2019.
The Statistics of Pipeline Incidents
Between 1999 and 2018, there have been nearly 38 incidents per year on average. A lot of these incidents resulted in fatalities, injuries, financial losses, and damages made to the environment.
Government Guidelines and Regulations
State and federal government agencies, including the Department of Transportation (DOT), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have issued a number of rules and guidelines aiming at improving the safety of 500,000 miles of U.S. pipelines transporting gas and hazardous materials.
Additional tighter security regulations that will have a significant impact on the petrochemical industry are expected in the future.
Technology Solutions for Pipeline Security
Convergint’s team of petrochemical security specialists offers practical solutions that can not only enhance the pipeline security but can also help create a safer environment for personnel, optimize operations, and reduce costs. From stand-alone solar-powered security solutions and geo-fences to SCADA/DCS connectivity and IoT real-time asset tracking, Convergint delivers the most comprehensive and cost-efficient technologies for oil and gas companies.