An oil spill in the Indian city of Chennai occurred Sunday when a pipeline under the Ennore Expressway was exposed to excess pressure, The Hindu reported. The oil involved in the accident was used to lubricate machines, and was in the process of being pumped to a tanker belonging to the Indian Oil Corporation, which owns the ruptured pipeline. According to the New Indian Express, people gathered in the street in an attempt to clean the road. Unfortuntately, the body of water directly affected by the spill has been known to supply drinking water.
This is an incredibly unfortunate situation - one that is made worse by the fact that it could have been prevented. Oil companies need to ensure that they have all the assets needed to ensure leak and crack prevention in their equipment. In many instances, a greater sense of security can be provided by state-of-the-art technology. With the right sensors and equipment maintenance software, organizations that deal with hazardous materials can make certain that everything is functioning as it should be.