Pipelines are the safest, most reliable and efficient means of transporting large quantities of natural gas, crude and refined petroleum products. As referenced in our Best Practices, the TPA’s member companies are committed to maintaining safe operations and aspire to operate their pipeline systems with zero incidents.
A Culture of Safety
Beginning in the 1930’s, Texas was the first state in the nation to adopt pipeline safety regulations. In the 1970’s, Texas continued its proactive pipeline safety efforts by authorizing the Railroad Commission of Texas to enforce the federal minimum pipeline safety regulations for distribution and intrastate pipelines. This forward-thinking approach has continued in the 2000’s with Texas mandating a pipeline integrity management program, which exceeds the federal program, requiring more pipelines to be inspected, both physically and visually, for safety and reliability. TPA member companies routinely support efforts to enhance pipeline safety at the legislature and the Railroad Commission, and individual member companies often adopt company policies that go beyond the requirements of the pipeline safety regulations.
Systems for Success
TPA member companies strive for continuous improvement through ongoing safety and awareness training and programs designed to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and industry standards.
The pipeline industry, in accordance with both company policies and state mandated requirements, regularly meets with and trains first responders to test and refine emergency strategies. Additionally, pipeline companies, in partnership with state and federal governments, work to aggressively enhance pipeline safety awareness through programs such as “811: Call Before You Dig.” A call to the hotline can save a life.
The Texas pipeline industry uses advanced technology and techniques to safeguard the public from injury or prevent property damage while protecting the environment and minimizing environmental impact.