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Pipelines are a safe way of transporting energy, according to pipeline report

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World Pipelines,

The American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) have released a 2017 - 2019 Pipeline Safety Excellence Strategic Plan and 2016 Performance Report for the pipeline industry.

These documents summarise the industry’s track record in terms of pipeline safety and outline the steps that are being taken by pipeline operators to advance safety efforts throughout the pipeline supply chain.

“Pipelines are one of the safest and most efficient ways to transport liquid energy,” said API Pipeline Manager, David Murk. “While nearly 100% of crude and petroleum products reach their destination safely, the industry remains committed to zero incidents. Strategic planning and the establishment of long term goals will be critical for continuous, industry wide pipeline safety improvements.”

In 2016, the number of incidents dropped by 10% from the 2015 levels. The strategic plan and performance report acknowledges areas of improvement and where challenges remain, highlights the public benefits of pipelines, and explains the extensive protections taken by pipeline operators to protect both the public and the environment.

“This plan will help drive advances in pipeline safety technology, strengthen emergency preparedness and response planning, and encourage the adoption of holistic pipeline safety management systems,” said Murk.

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