Congress Approves the Use of Drones to Enhance Energy Infrastructure Safety

American Petroleum Institute, July 13, 2016

American Petroleum Institute Midstream Director Robin Rorick said making drone technology available to operators will help the industry achieve its goal of zero incidents. Today the Senate passed the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization with a provision that would allow unmanned aircraft system (UAS) utilization for oil and gas facilities, refineries, pipeline inspection, and response activities.

Safety is our core value, and the best way to protect the public and the environment is to prevent incidents from ever happening,” said Rorick. “Drone technology will complement the comprehensive safety practices that the industry has in place to ensure that all Americans continue to enjoy the affordable, reliable fuels they depend on."

The ability to use drones will allow the industry to use the latest technologies to continue to effectively monitor infrastructure and facilities while minimizing the risk to personnel,” Rorick added.

API thanked the Senate and the House for adopting this UAS provision and urged the president to quickly sign the legislation into law. 

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