Prevention Measures Taken

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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.

What you might not realize is that pipelines are fairly expensive to build. The cost of just one mile of transmission pipeline can amount to
more than $2 million and that only covers the pipeline’s actual construction. At almost $400 a foot, you can believe that operators take a
number of steps that are critical to the maintenance of their investment. Operators take on-going measures to maintain, inspect and protect
the integrity of pipeline infrastructure.

We’ve named 20 below just to highlight a few.

1. Bury the pipe at minimum depths depending
on the type and location of the line
11. Install cathodic protection to safeguard the
steel from external corrosion
2. Design the strength and thickness of the steel
or plastic pipelines to adhere to standards
12. Ensure employees meet minimum qualification
standards
3. Coat the pipeline with protective covering to
prevent damage to the pipeline
13. Participate in the one-call program so facilities
are marked prior to excavation
4. X-ray the welds of pipe connections to
examine for any possible defects or cracks
14. Inject corrosion inhibitors to prevent corrosion
from occurring internally
5. Mark the pipeline route with
appropriate markers
15. Provide on-going public awareness education
to key stakeholders
6. Indicate where pipelines cross roads,
waterways, and railroad tracks
16. Fly and walk the right-of-way to check for any
signs of a leak or encroachment
7. Monitor the pressure and flow of the
commodity being transported
17. Prepare and practice emergency
response procedures
8. Schedule regular cleanings of the inside of the
pipe with the use of an internal device
18. Conduct testing to confirm the integrity of
pipe before the line becomes operational
9. Train emergency responders to recognize a
potential release and how to properly respond
19. Evaluate the risks posed to the pipeline under
different operating conditions
10. Maintain clear rights-of-way to facilitate
periodic inspections for safe operations
20. Odorize consumer-ready gas in distribution
systems