July 10, 2012
API: Industry strives for highest pipeline safety standards
WASHINGTON, July 10, 2012 ─ API Pipeline Director Peter Lidiak welcomed the National Transportation Safety Board investigation findings and recommendations for the 2010 crude oil release in Marshall, Michigan.
“A number of industry safety enhancement initiatives are underway that include improving recognition of, response to and reporting of large ruptures; accelerated research and development to improve in-line inspection tools, or smart pigs; and better ways to share industry learning from incidents, like the Marshall release,” Lidiak said.
The draft NTSB report addresses a number of issues around pipeline leak detection, control room management, emergency response preparedness and pipeline integrity management practices. A final report is expected soon. API and its members will work with its regulators and the NTSB to appropriately address the findings and recommendations of the final report when it is released.
“The industry continues to strive for zero incidents,” said Lidiak. “Our goal is to continually improve our practices and procedures to have the highest safety record in the world.”
API represents more than 500 oil and natural gas companies, leaders of a technology-driven industry that supplies most of America's energy, supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers more than $86 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested more than $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.