Pipeline Activism Expected to Rise Significantly

What on earth do “Water Protectors”, “Doxxing”, or “Valve Turners” have in common?  These arcane terms describe different tactics used within the murky world of pipeline activism and protest.  Pipeline protests – a familiar headache in the oil and gas industry – had been in a kind of remission until last July when Dakota Access, a subsidiary of the Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, received permit approval by the North Dakota Public Service Commission to begin […]

Critical Analysis of Pipeline Safety and Security in Mexico

When it comes to pipeline safety and security, our two neighbors provide an interesting and illustrative contrast. To our north, Canada’s oil and gas industry’s safety and security standards, with regards to pipelines, mirror and even surpass those of the U.S. The oil and gas sector is privately owned and operated and government’s involvement, though substantial, is limited to necessary oversight and regulation of the industry and its infrastructure. Our southern neighbor, Mexico, tells a […]

Security Risk: The Missing Ingredient in Pipeline Integrity Management

“When it comes to pipelines, security is today where corrosion was 20 years ago.” This candid assessment, from Phillip Nidd, Vice President of Operations at Dynamic Risk USA, really distilled our impressions and understanding of security’s role at the 29 September – 3 October 2014 International Pipeline Conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The remark came in response to our question about the use of pipeline ILI (Inline Inspection) tools to detect and assess security threats. […]

The Role of Oil and Gas in Russia’s State Economy

As Winston Churchill famously said of Russia, “It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” Indeed, the opaque nature of Vladimir Putin’s most recent aggression in Ukraine – Russian-speaking “insurgents” with balaclava’s and unmarked uniforms, mysterious pipeline explosions followed by near real-time Russian media coverage, and a script that echoes past Russian adventures in Georgia, 2008 – tempt some in the West to explain away Putin’s actions to a sheer desire to […]