North Dakota Saltwater Pipeline Spill Renews Call for More Monitoring
State Rep. Dick Anderson, a Republican farmer from Willow City, said he plans to revisit legislation the state Legislature rejected last year that would mandate flow meters and cutoff switches on such lines. The measure failed 86-4 after encountering resistance from oil companies who argued the additional monitoring would be too expensive. State regulators said such safeguards are ineffective on small holes on pipelines because the leaks would not be strong enough to be detected.
Anderson agrees that monitoring alone might not prevent future spills, but he wants to use the technology in conjunction with more frequent checks by pipeline companies, spill-sniffing dogs and even aerial drones that can detect pipeline breaches.
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