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Oil Pipeline Safety Bill Sets Stage for Enhanced Physical Security of Critical Energy Assets
Manufacturer of fiber-optic system notes securing pipelines with advanced technology will also help safeguard against environmental damage
By: Optellios, Inc.
“It has never been more important to ensure the safety and reliability of production and distribution assets for the oil and gas industry,” said David Smith, president and chief executive officer of Optellios. “In today’s fragile economy, threats to pipeline infrastructure can have a significant impact on both industries and communities, whether they are intentional disruptions due to terrorism or theft, or inadvertent damage caused by simple excavation equipment or pipeline leaks. Just as important, the legislation now moving through Congress addresses a key step in protecting the critical pathways that run through local communities, ecosystems and habitats.”
The proposed federal legislation comes at a time of heightened controversy over a planned cross-border pipeline that would carry oil from Canadian fields to Gulf Coast refineries in the US, taking a path through six states and a wide variety of communities and ecosystems.
According to Smith, enhanced physical security of energy transport lines and installations also would address key environmental concerns over potentially dangerous oil leaks “The proposed law is a win-win scenario for industry, consumers, and environmentalists alike. Projects involving pipelines and other critical, and controversial, oil and gas assets now can leverage the benefits of smart intrusion and leakage detection technology. Products like FiberPatrol®
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Optellios, Inc., is a fiber-optic systems company that delivers smart sensing technology
for optimum security. Its FiberPatrol®