In an effort to learn continually from other operators and to improve North America’s pipeline system safety, the American Gas Association, the American Petroleum Institute, the Association of Oil Pipe Lines and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, together with the Canadian Gas Association and the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, have initiated a comprehensive study to explore safety models and procedures currently utilized by other industry sectors in an effort to deliver natural gas and pipeline-transported liquids more safely and reliably.
Preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries released in August show little change in the number of workplace fatalities in 2010 compared with 2009.
In June 2011, American Airlines’ Tulsa Engineering Facility personnel discovered a severe leak in their fire suppression system following a recent activation. The section of damaged pipeline was approximately 70 feet long and was situated 8 feet below a power substation, and encompassed one 10-inch tee. Dig and replace was not a viable option.
Don Santa, president and CEO of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, says his association’s Pipeline Safety Task Force’s Integrity Management Continuous Improvement (IMCI) team is implementing action plans that address the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) recommendations on the San Bruno, CA, natural gas pipeline incident.
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