Public Officials Pipeline Safety Newsletter
5 reasons to read this newsletter:
- The development of America’s energy resources is driving economic recovery in many areas. What you need to know about energy development activities in your community.
- More than 30,000 miles of new pipeline infrastructure will be built over the course of the next 20 years. The investment required will cost between $130 and $210 billion. Read More
Public Officials Have An Active Role In Pipeline Safety & Security
As our exposure to vandalism or acts of terrorism has increased, oil and gas companies have made safety and security a top priority. This is especially important when it comes to pipelines located near commercial, residential and government properties. 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 our energy resources, the use of pipeline infrastructure results in less pollution, road congestion and damage to roads. Read More
Pipelines are buried in an area called right-of-way. Pipeline markers are used to designate the general route of the pipeline. Markers can also be found where a pipeline crosses a street or railroad, emerges from the ground, or in waterways. Read More
It has been almost two years since Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast in November 2012. The loss of power over a three week period affected millions of people during freezing temperatures highlighting the importance of emergency response planning and preparedness. Concerns arose over the ability of the government and utility companies to adequately prepare for and respond to the storm’s unprecedented impact. Read More
America is enjoying the benefits of an unprecedented development of oil and natural gas resources in many parts of the country. We will soon be the largest oil producer in the world, and one of the top producers of natural gas – accomplishments that many would have never predicted. Read More
know the possible hazards – products and facilities
Natural Gas – Natural gas is the predominant product found in gas distribution pipelines, and with few exceptions, is transported via 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 Taken
There are many similarities between a pipeline operator and a homeowner. Protecting the value and integrity of a pipeline for an operator is just like protecting the value of a home for its owner. Over time, both parties will invest a substantial amount of time, money and energy in order to safeguard their property from outside forces and the elements. Read More
The future of flaring
Flaring is the candle-like flame in the distance long before the natural gas production or processing facilities below it come into clear view. In both production and processing operations, flare stacks are used to burn off unprocessed natural gas. Ground-level flares in an earthen pit are less visible, but may also be in use. Read More
moving the needle
Promoting pipeline safety and awareness is a task that is embraced by the pipeline industry. Operators are providing audiences with a variety of messages to not only promote the importance of the industry, but the role individuals play in keeping pipelines safe. Read More
connecting the dots
Underground infrastructure supports the livelihood of the community. When key systems are interrupted or damaged, they can cause harm as well as unnecessary expenses. Many do not realize that one misplaced shovel, trencher or backhoe bucket stands between a cold winter day that is made more comfortable with heat and warm food and that of everyone in a community losing natural gas or electric power. More concerning is that excavation missteps can cause the release of natural gas or hazardous liquids that results in harm to people or the environment. Read More
Yielding to Pipelines and other underground infrastructure
Pipelines are located in right-of-ways that are granted by landowners, businesses or government entities. These right-of-ways are secured through easements, which govern the activities of both the pipeline operator and the landowner. Read More
if you want more information about:
Company Contacts for Your Area
If you received this newsletter 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 listing of member company contacts for your area is available from the website. Go to www.pipelineawareness.org and click on Pipeline Member Directory at the bottom of the home page. Select your state/county and then click on the member name for the detailed contact information.
Pipeline integrity management plans
Pipeline members will provide additional information about their Integrity Management Program upon request. This information may be posted on their web site 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 you copies of the materials they provided to the affected public or emergency officials in your area. Just email your request to the company contact person listed in the Pipeline Member Directory.