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BenPETE - Just as there are environmental risks involved...

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Just as there are environmental risks involved with the production of petroleum, many challenges and difficulties exist with the transportation of petroleum and petroleum products. It must not only be transported in the most cost-effective manner, but also in the most environmentally friendly way. The most frequently used methods for transportation are pipelines and oil tankers. Transportation by pipeline is one of the preferred methods of moving petroleum across the country. This is especially the case in areas where large waterways and ports are nonexistent. Pipelines are regulated by the government, and they are routinely tested by the EPA for samples. During sampling, it is possible for small amounts of petroleum to exit the pipeline and enter the air, but it is only a small hazard (Van Dyke 307). The primary hazards with pipelines are spills and leaks. These can happen in several ways. Leaks may occur due to old pipelines that have corroded. Corrosion is a problem in saltwater, which happens to be abundant in the areas where petroleum production is based.
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