Pipelines are extremely efficient when it comes to transporting crude oil and gas, but it is important that these pipelines are held to high standards of operation to prevent leaks and environmental damage. In the United States, the US Department of Transportation holds the Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) which regulate all phases of design, construction and maintenance of pipelines. Smart Pigs are key elements to making sure proper inspections occur to prevent disaster and stay up to code.
Additionally, pipelines are held to saftey regulations and standards at the local, state and federal levels.
Pipeline Safety Statutes can be found in 49 U.S.C. Chapters 601 & 603.
Pic: Smart Pigs are paramount to prevening pipeline disasters and keeping the environment safe.