Public Officials Pipeline Safety Newsletter

PIPELINES NEAR SCHOOLS: WORKING TOGETHER TO ENSURE SAFETY

School officials work hard every day to keep students safe. Emergency plans are in place to address: fires, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, bomb threats, terrorist attacks, and more.  Read More

WHAT SCHOOL OFFICIALS SHOULD KNOW:

  1. The general location of all nearby pipelines
  2. The types of products transported in the pipelines
  3. The signs or indications of a pipeline leak  Read More

HOW PIPELINES SERVE OUR COMMUNITIES

“The invisible highway” is a phrase that commonly refers to America’s network of more than 2.6 million miles of pipelines. In addition to being the safest and most efficient way of transporting energy resources, the use of pipeline infrastructure results in less pollution, road congestion and damage to roads.  Read More

PIPELINE MARKERS

Pipelines are buried in an area called a “right-of-way”. Pipeline markers are used to designate the general route of a pipeline. Markers are found where a pipeline crosses a street, railroad, or waterway, as well as areas where a pipeline emerges from the ground.  Read More

RISK-INFORMED LAND USE PLANNING FOR PIPELINE SAFETY IN COMMUNITIES

The Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA) initiative started in the spring of 2008, focusing on issues related to the potential impact of land use and development around transmission pipelines.  Read More

HAZARD MITIGATION PLANNING PRACTICES

Practices for Land Use Planning and Development near Pipelines is a recently issued guidance document that outlines best practices for communities to help reduce risks from pipeline incidents, including those caused by natural hazardsRead More

A SAMPLING OF IMPORTANT TAKE-AWAYS

The general public, including private landowners whose land is near transmission pipelines, should be aware of the purpose of pipelines and the potential hazards posed by them. Some building codes, zoning regulations, subdivision review or permitting processes may not account for the presence of a pipeline.  Read More

KNOW THE POSSIBLE HAZARDS- SAFETY INFORMATION FOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS

Natural Gas is the predominant product found in gas distribution pipelines, and with few exceptions, is transported by pipelines in its gaseous form. Like crude oil, it is a naturally occurring resource formed millions of years ago as a result of heat and pressure acting on decayed organic material.  Read More

LEAK, HAZARD, & EMERGENCY RESPONSE INFORMATION

PREVENTION MEASURES/AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION…

According to The Oil and Gas Journal, in 2012, it cost, on average, $3.1 million per mile to construct an onshore pipeline in the United States. To protect this investment, pipeline operators protect the integrity of their pipelines from the time they are designed, throughout the building process and with comprehensive integrity management programs once they are operationalRead More

DAMAGE PREVENTION/811- A SIMPLE CALL OR CLICK KEEPS COMMUNITIES SAFE

Did you know that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, identifies public officials as a key stakeholder in keeping pipelines safe? If there are pipelines operating in your region, the pipeline operator will share critical information regarding pipeline safety. Public officials play an essential role in ensuring safety in their communities.  Read More

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Emergency response planning is an important responsibility at all levels of government. Public officials are responsible in planning for many different types of events that could affect the safety of their communities. Local utilities and other critical infrastructure should address emergency planning efforts so that the community has a comprehensive plan in place, including pipeline safetyRead More

CONSIDERATIONS FOR DEVELOPING OR REVIEWING YOUR EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN:

Pipeline operators, emergency responders and 911 center personnel should all be involved in reviewing emergency response plans. Ensure that all the personnel meet and exchange information, including representatives from each 911 communication center.  Read More

10 THINGS A PUBLIC OFFICIAL CAN DO TO IMPROVE PIPELINE SAFETY

There are a number of things public officials can do to improve pipeline safety, such as becoming a member of your local one call system or requiring notification to the One-Call center during the permitting process.    Read More

PIPELINE SAFETY & RIGHT-OF-WAY PROTECTION

A right-of-way is secured from a landowner, utility or other government entity through an “easement agreement” which provides the right to cross or otherwise use someone elses land for a specified purpose. This agreement governs the activities permitted by both the landowner and the pipeline operatorRead More

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

A list of member company contacts in your area is available on the PAPA website.  Select your state and county on the Pipeline Member Directory to view detailed contact information about members.  Read More

if you want more information about:

If you received this newsletter by mail with a cover letter, the member companies in your area are listed on the back of the letter. A non-emergency phone number is included for each company.

A list of member company contacts in your area is available. Select your state and county on the Pipeline Member Directory.

Pipeline integrity management plans

Pipeline members will provide information about their Integrity Management Program upon request. This information may be posted on their website or it may be obtained through the company contact person listed in the Pipeline Member Directory.

copies of materials provided to the affected public or emergency officials

Pipeline members will send copies of the materials they provide to the affected public or emergency officials to public officials. Email your request to the company contact person listed in the Pipeline Member Directory.