Process failure monitoring is particularly important for reducing the damage caused by small and micro oil spills. large oil spills, which receive the lion’s share of media attention, cannot benefit to the same extent from process failure monitoring because they often stem from catastrophic failure, result in an at least temporary shutdown of the facility responsible for the spill, and represent the culmination of many defects.
Reliable on-line monitoring
Small and micro oil spills, in contrast, are usually only acknowledged by the authorities and local citizens who are directly or indirectly affected by these pollution events. However, small oil spills represent the vast majority of oil
pollution events. Reliable on-line monitoring can keep these spills from slipping under the radar, as it were, and ensure they receive the attention they require for the situation to be remedied. Nor is this a public versus private conflict.
Companies can save money by leak monitoring, both by achieving compliance with an increasingly strict regulatory environment and by reducing loss of valuable hydrocarbon resources, reducing cleanup costs, reducing health care costs and compensation for employees, and red flagging equipment and procedure inadequacies through process failure monitoring.