Improving the Safety of Marine Pipelines

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National Academies Press, Feb 1, 1994 - Nature - 156 pages
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The safety of the U.S. undersea pipeline system is a major national interest and concern, whether the concern focuses on risk to human life or the potential for environmental pollution and damage. Focusing primarily on the Gulf of Mexico system, this book reviews historical examples of pipeline failure, assesses the potential for future pipeline failures and the means of mitigating them, and considers the efficacy of existing safety systems and inspection procedures. It also identifies alternatives for improvements in the regulatory framework and in lawmaking.


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Executive Summary 1
Introduction 12
Safety Experience 20
Maintaining the Integrity of the Marine Pipeline Network 45
Avoiding Outside Interference With Pipelines 66
Pipeline Burial 77
Findings 83
Regulatory Jurisdiction and Enforcement 86
Conclusions and Recommendations 94
A Biographies of Committee Members 100
U S Department of Transportation Accident Report Gas Transmission and Gathering Systems 110

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