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Pipeline performance report shows increased safety

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The American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Association of Oil Pipelines (AOPL) has released the 2019 Pipeline Safety Excellence Performance Report and 2020 - 2022 Strategic Plan. The report details how liquid pipeline incidents impacting people or the environment have decreased 36% over the last five years, while pipeline mileage increased nearly 10% and barrels delivered increased nearly 35%.

“Pipelines are the safest and most environmentally friendly way of transporting the energy Americans rely on every day,” said API Pipeline Manager David Murk. “This year’s report highlights our industry’s strong commitment to safety and reliability, showing significant reductions in total incidents while we continue to reliably and efficiently deliver the energy that keeps working families, small businesses and first responders moving.”

"While pipeline operators are proud they are reducing the number of pipeline incidents, they are working hard to decrease them even further," said Andy Black, AOPL President and CEO, referring to the pipeline safety improvement strategic plan accompanying the performance report.

This year’s performance report highlights positive safety trends in key categories identified by federal and state regulators, public safety advocates, and industry:

  • Total liquid incidents impacting people or the environment decreased 36% the last five years, while total pipeline incidents were down 17%.
  • Pipeline incidents impacting people or the environment caused by corrosion, cracking or weld failure decreased 50% over the last five years.
  • Pipeline incidents impacting people or the environment caused by equipment failure were down 15% over the last five years.
  • Over the same timeframe, liquid pipeline mileage has increased nearly 10%, including a 20% increase in crude oil pipelines, while total barrels delivered increased 35% from 2014.

The performance data presented by this report is government-collected data on pipeline incidents made publicly available by the US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Each year, API and AOPL download PHMSA incident data to analyse where pipeline operators are making progress and to focus upcoming industry-wide safety improvement efforts. Those findings guide the accompanying three-year strategic plan for pipeline safety improvement.

The 2020 - 2022 Strategic Plan accompanying the Performance Report describes industry-wide safety improvement efforts over the next three years that will promote organisational excellence, harness technology and innovation, increase stakeholder awareness and engagement, and improve emergency response preparedness.

The 2019 API-AOPL Pipeline Safety Excellence Performance Report and 2020-2022 Strategic Plan is available on the API and AOPL website.

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