Detecting illicit explosives in oil and gas operations has become increasingly important, both internationally and domestically. Political issues and eco-terrorism are putting pipelines and related equipment in jeopardy.
In countries such as Yemen and Columbia, where terrorist activities are an everyday occurrence, oil and gas companies can pay millions of dollars in ransom for assurances that pipelines won’t be targeted. If a pipeline is damaged by IEDs, the cost can be millions of dollars each day in lost revenues.
Domestically, seismic operations can sometimes be the source of explosives. Unscrupulous workers steal explosives and hide them in the camps for resale on the black market.
There is no limit to the number of explosive materials dogs can detect, and many dogs have been trained to detect over 20,000 such components.