Routine Inspections Reduce Vulnerability at Oil and Gas Storage Facilities

Although a lot of the focus on the security of oil, gas and chemical storage and production facilities has been around cybersecurity and hacking, the physical security of the facility continues to be of utmost importance. A routine annual NYC oil and gas inspection can identify vulnerabilities based on up-to-date risk assessments and knowledge of plausible threats. Consider these ways in which an inspection could reduce vulnerability and boost the safety of the oil, gas, chemicals and people in the area.

Locate Areas With Insufficient Monitoring

It is standard operating procedure to have video surveillance of areas where oil and gas are stored. The video surveillance should include multiple angles of view for the dispensing points, storage tanks, entrances and exits and places where people or vehicles may be parked. An inspection of the facility could identify areas that have insufficient video monitoring.

Aerial Vulnerabilities

One of the ways that oil or gas facilities could be damaged is from above. During an inspection of the facilities, inspectors may check the structural integrity of the storage systems. For example, they might look for rusted or corroded fasteners, holes in metal housings, accessible aerial platforms and other problems. Taking action could help strengthen the oil and gas storage system from damage caused by an errant drone or natural damage, such as a lightning strike.

Underground Vulnerabilities

Oil and gas facilities may also have underground vulnerabilities that could be identified during an inspection. Nearby tunnels for maintenance access, water lines, sewer lines or utilities could present a vulnerability because they are rarely monitored by video or audio surveillance. During an inspection, the inspector may provide tips such as using gates or electronic access codes to limit who can gain access to a facility through these underground tunnels. This could lessen the threat of intentional damage.