It seems from the news reports that when pipelines break, they aren't promptly caught or the breach quickly located. A petroleum sensor line might betray a leak, and a ditch liner beneath it might drain it to a safer holding pond, but that's just not good enough. Suction-powered pipes, at below atmospheric pressure, would suck air into the pipelines instead of blowing oil and gas all over kingdom come. That's a system ...more »
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