GAZOMAT has introduced the new handheld GAZOSCAN laser gas detector for remote methane leak detection. The new handheld gas detector nicely complements the manufacturer's gas leak survey line of equipment.
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Linc Energy Systems is now an authorized distributor of GAZOMAT™ leak detection equipment for natural gas distribution and transmission systems. GAZOMAT'S line includes combustible gas detectors, methane detectors, leak detection equipment for leak surveys and methane emissions monitoring systems.
While Linc Energy Systems is known for providing leading products to the natural gas industry, we also have a reputable service division devoted to performing natural gas leak surveys. Here is a review of a recent project we conducted in New Mexico.
Portable methane gas detectors are instruments used for mobile and walking leak surveys which are an integral part of pipeline owners' leak detection systems, developed to keep people safe.
In a recent report by Fox News, a member of the Pipeline Safety Trust referred to our natural gas pipelines as a “ticking time bomb.” It would seem an alarming safety issue appears to threaten the mainland US. According to Fox News, the National Transportation Safety Board is holding hearings this week to gather supplementary information regarding the San Bruno natural gas explosion. Apparently, they’re seeking information that could help avert future accidents.
In a Fox report, "Aging Natural Gas Pipelines Are Ticking Time Bombs, Say Watchdogs" it was noted:
- Fourteen people have been killed in gas pipeline explosions in six months
- Since 1990 there have been “2800 significant gas pipeline accidents”
- Over 900 incidents have led to significant injuries or death
- There are 210 natural gas pipeline systems
- 21,000 miles of lines running through populated areas
Rick Kessler of Pipeline Safety Trust says, "Cast iron pipe will fail and the law always envisioned that these things would be replaced over time. Well, here we are more than a century later and we still have these things in the ground… they are kind of a ticking time bomb."
By law, pipelines are required to conduct leak surveys which are one of the most effective ways to monitor pipeline integrity. Which pipelines are surveyed and when depends on many factors, like the age of the pipeline, its composition, the condition, the geography, the road, and of course population. Gas leak surveys are conducted by trained technicians using gas leak detection equipment.
With the Obama administration new regulations are on the horizon, which will increase the number of pipeline inspectors and provide more stringent leak detection measures. New regulations and proactive meetings can influence change to increase the safety of our gas lines. These are certainly moving in the right direction.
In the interim, as more incidents emerge, people are rightfully on edge. It is noted in the news report if you have questions or concerns about gas lines in your neighborhood call the pipeline. In an earlier entry, “Natural gas leak detection and what to do” I discuss what to do if you smell natural gas.
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