Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 11:49 AM
To: Nikole Tackett
Cc: Dustin Faircloth
To whom it may concern:
We had been looking for a leak in a 6" crude oil line for 6 weeks. The leak developed when we were doing a 5-year pressure test with water. We looked for wet spots. We looked at it with 10 men and Geo-Phones and never heard a leak. We put 500# of compressed air pressure with mercaptan added to the air and walked the line, we never could smell the leak. We overpressured the line, and could not find the leak.
We contacted Pipe Leak Pups and scheduled them to come in. We used frac tanks of water and injected a chemical they use, and put the water back in the pipeline and waited one day.
Nicole and her co-worker used two dogs and searched the 3-mile area and located 4 leaks, that the dogs scratched at. It was raining hard all day. They never let up and plodded through the rain and mud. They had a Belgiummalua and a black lab. They went down the line twice, both dogs were used for different sections. Both dogs scratched at the leak locations. The next day they searched an 8-mile section finding one leak.
We have dug up the line in all 5 places. We located leaks in 4 of them. The one we did not confirm was in a running creek and they told us it might not be a leak, but the dogs alerted to it. The leaks were tiny pin holes. We would have never found them.
I would recommend PLP to anyone. If we have any problems with leaks in the future we will certainly call on them. They were very professional and gave us written documentation of where the leaks were with GPS data. It cost us about 1/4 of what we spent looking with the other means.
Grady Lee Jr.