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Report Shows Strengthened Pipeline Safety Performance

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A new report from the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) found that the safety of liquids pipelines across the country has increased according to several indicators.

The 2021 Pipeline Safety Excellence Performance Report released Monday said an “industry culture of ‘safety first, safety always’ and a commitment to incident-free operations” is responsible for a more than 30% drop in the number of liquids pipeline incidents over the past five years.

“Liquids pipelines play the vital role of delivering U.S.-generated energy to U.S. consumers. The additional U.S. crude oil production we need to increase U.S. energy security and supplies will come through pipeline,” said Todd Denton, Chairman of the API-AOPL Pipeline Safety Excellence Steering Committee and President of Phillips 66 Pipeline “This year’s industry-wide Pipeline Safety Metrics Performance Report shows that pipelines are safe and become more and more secure.

Based on information from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the report found that while pipeline mileage and barrels per day have increased nearly 10% since 2017, safety increased for key performance indicators identified by federal authorities and state regulators. Robust safety programs, including advanced inspection and leak detection technologies, as well as comprehensive safety management systems, have helped operators deliver power safely, according to the report.

The report indicates that the total number of pipeline incidents decreased by 17%, even as pipeline mileage and barrels per day increased. Additionally, pipeline incidents impacting people or the environment have decreased by 31%, while incidents caused by corrosion, cracking or weld failure have dropped by 32% over the past five years. . And operations and maintenance incidents have decreased by 34% since 2017.

“The government’s own data shows that liquids pipelines are getting safer,” said Andy Black, president and CEO of AOPL.