Public Officials Resources
Listed below is a collection of resource materials intended to provide pipeline safety information for public officials with the following responsibilities:
- land-use and planning
- highway maintenance
- water or sewage maintenance
- government-managed excavation projects
The resources below are provided for informational purposes only and are not a replacement for discussing land-use and excavation activity with the pipeline operators in your jurisdiction.
|Office of Pipeline Safety’s (OPS) Community Assistance & Technical Services|
|Pipeline and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA)
PIPA is an initiative of pipeline safety stakeholders, supported by the Pipeline & Hazardous Material Administration (PHMSA), to identify and recommend practices related to risk-informed planning for development around transmission pipelines.
|PIPA’s Partnering to Further Enhance Pipeline Safety In Communities Through Risk-Informed Land Use Planning: Final Report of Recommended Practices
Published in November 2010, this document contains recommended practices to help communities make risk-informed decisions for land use planning and development adjacent to transmission pipelines.
| National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR)
NAPSR is a non-profit organization of state pipeline safety personnel who work closely with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the pipeline industry and other interested organizations. NAPSR’s web site provides a list of state program managers who can answer questions and provide additional information about pipelines in your state.
|National Pipeline Mapping SystemAccess transmission pipeline maps and emergency contact information and download maps to include in your mapping programs. This tool is provided and maintained by the Department of Transportation.|
|Excavation Safety Guide – Pipeline Edition
The Excavation Safety Guide includes reference information regarding state One-Call laws, tips for safe digging near pipelines and a poster to share with employees.
|Common Ground Alliance’s Excavation Best Practices
CGA’s Excavation Safety Best Practices includes tips and techniques for safe digging near pipelines and other underground utilities. Visit the CGA web site to download an electronic copy or request a printed copy by mail.
|Marking and Flags Color Code Chart
Marker flags and paint vary in color depending on the type of line they represent. Download the color code chart to review flag and marking colors and what they represent.
|State One-Call Centers
Find contact information for the local One-Call center in your state.
|Pipeline Emergency Response Guidelines
In the unlikely event of an emergency near or involving a pipeline, it is critical you know how to respond and are prepared to work together with the pipeline representatives. PAPA’s Emergency Response Guidelines were created to provide a concise, yet complete, resource for reference prior to and during a pipeline emergency.
|Pipeline Awareness Newsletter
PAPA’s Pipeline Awareness Newsletter, released annually, provides articles to educate public officials about pipeline safety and awareness. Click here to read the articles online. Click here to download a .pdf version.
|Evacuation Distance Guidelines for Natural Gas|
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