Oils spills and gas leaks are unfortunately reoccurring events in this day and age. All over the world, there seem to be frequent reports of equipment failure and other leak-inducing incidents. Yet, even with so many examples to point to, not enough is being done on the part of energy companies to prevent them.
CBC News reported that an oil leak originating from a St. John industrial park occurred in Canada. The leak was attributed to facilities owned by Irving Oil, and traffic in the surrounding area had to be redirected. But sometimes it is not just a commute that becomes complicated.
An oil spill connected to Citation Oil and Gas that occurred in the Dixie National Forest in Utah in March threatened the surrounding wildlife. While St. George News reported that a final study of the spill concluded there was no immediate environmental damage, the idea of an oil spill impacting plants and animals is far from unheard of.
This is why more businesses need to invest in equipment condition monitoring solutions. By applying state-of-the-art sensors and software, energy companies can have a better idea of how their pipelines are faring, and when maintenance has to be performed to circumvent disaster.