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Oil and Gas Pipelines in Nontechnical Language by Thomas Miesner and William Leffler
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Oil and Gas Pipelines in Nontechnical Language by Thomas Miesner and William Leffler

Many people contributed to this book by sharing their knowledge, either teaching us or allowing us to learn by observation. Others took a keen interest in this project, and freely lent their expertise. It is impossible to thank each one by name, but there are some groups and specific people that deserve individual mention. Larry Clynch, Richard Tennille, and Nick Mavris were early teachers and mentors for one of us at Continental Pipe Line Company.

Over a career, field operators and technicians, control room operators, senior operators, schedulers, and directors provided protection from making mistakes that came during our learning years, or they allowed “safe” mistakes that helped the knowledge process. Our experience has been that almost everyone we encountered in the pipeline industry willingly shared their successes and failures, providing us further opportunities to learn.

When we started this book, we did not intend to have a chapter on chemical pipeline operations, but Paul Davis volunteered to write the chapter for us. He helped us understand the critical nature of the lighter hydrocarbons, and deserves early mention among those helping with the book. We wrote chapter 3 first because it established the basic knowledge for the rest of the book.

David Vanderpool provided extensive help during several revisions of that chapter, suggesting analogies and better ways to explain the topic. John Anderson and Wayne Swafford checked chapter 3 from a natural gas perspective. We originally contemplated only one chapter on operations, but we quickly discovered natural gas and oil each deserved individual chapters. Their unique properties make operations quite different, a theme repeated throughout the book.

Butch Kincaid, Ross Sinclair, Larry Hoelscher, Dwayne Burton, Ron Hales, Tim Roehrick, and Albert Horelica, Jr. each took the time to patiently explain to persons with mostly oily experience the mysteries of natural gas operations. That included several control room visits and a tour through Albert’s spotlessly clean compressor station, where his father had worked before him. John Bartos and Rick Ykema added in-depth knowledge to compressors and compressor operations for chapter 11.

Being involved with a complete replacement of SCADA and leak detection systems is something no one should have to do more than once in a career. Despite that, as we wrote the book, Galen Stanley took extra time to help us better conceptualize leak detection and its relationship to SCADA as we tried to put knowledge into words. Luis Gamboa assisted with local SCADA, and Richard Parker and Kevin Rittie reviewed the entire chapter. John Keifner lent his knowledge and experience to chapter 9, providing valuable critique.

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