The Pig in the XL Pipeline
Insider reveals concealed â€œerrorâ€
in pipeline safety equipment that could blow away the GOPâ€™s XL pipe dream
â€œThey threatened me. Last night I got a call andÂ they threatened me. If I talked.â€
â€œPig Man #2,â€ a pipeline industry insider, had a good reasonÂ to be afraid.Â Â He was about to blowÂ the whistle on a fraud, information that could blow away the XLÂ KeystoneÂ Pipeline project.
His information: The software for the crucial piece of pipelineÂ safety equipment, the â€œSmart PIG,â€ has a flaw known to the industry butÂ concealed from regulators.
The flaw allows cracks, leaks and corrosion to go undetected â€“ and that saves the industry billions of dollars in pipe replacements.Â Â But thereâ€™s a catch. Pipes withÂ cracks and leaks can explodeÂ â€“ and kill.
Federal law requires the oil and gas industry to run a PIG,Â a Pipeline Inspection Gauge, through big oil and gas pipelines.Â Â The robot porker, tethered to a GPS,Â beepsÂ and boops as it rolls through, electronically squealing when it finds dangers.
But whistleblowers told us …more