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.  We’ve highlighted 20 below:

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