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PIPELINE INTEGRITY

Our Safety Commitment

Pipelines exist throughout the United States, transporting energy that consumers use for heating, cooking and much more. Through a relatively invisible, interconnected system of underground pipelines, natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), refined products, and crude oils are quietly, reliably and efficiently delivered throughout the country.

Our pipelines are regulated by the U. S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), which establishes rules and standards governing the design, construction, operation, safety and maintenance of pipelines.

To enhance the safety of our system and for the people around it, Energy Transfer monitors its pipeline operations 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We regularly patrol and maintain our right-of-way to allow for the easy identification of construction-related activities.

Energy Transfer utilizes an integrity management program to evaluate the condition of our pipelines. We employ specific measures to protect sections in zones known as high consequence areas, such as densely populated areas or places where people gather near the pipeline. The program includes an inspection of the pipeline using devices and methods to evaluate the external and internal condition of the pipe.

We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of safety and enhancing public safety and environmental protection through increased public awareness and knowledge. Maintaining a safe pipeline requires your participation as well. This information is provided to help you identify our pipelines and know how to recognize and respond to a pipeline emergency.

 

Maximizing Safety

Here are some of the safety measures we incorporate:

  • We design, construct, operate and maintain our facilities to meet or exceed Federal and safety requirements and use equipment and materials that meet or exceed industry standards.

  • During construction we inspect every weld that joins each section of pipe both visually and with x-rays.

  • We install pressure and temperature sensors along our pipelines at mainline valves, compressor stations, pump stations, and meter stations to automatically shut off the flow through pipe sections in emergencies.

  • We inspect and perform hydrostatic tests at higher than normal operating pressure before placing the pipeline in service.

  • We use an emergency shutdown system to immediately and safely shut down compressor and pump stations.

  • We install special regulation devices to prevent pressures from exceeding safe limits.

  • We provide 24/7 monitoring of flow pressures at a centralized control center. A pipeline can be shut down by a control operator, or field personnel can be deployed to manually shut down the pipeline.

  • We perform routine ground and aerial leak inspections of our pipelines semi-annually. We typically fly each pipeline monthly, weather permitting. In addition, cathodic protection systems are inspected bi-monthly.

  • We test and calibrate controls and safety equipment on a routine basis.

  • We educate the public and conduct damage prevention programs regularly.

  • We post signs to indicate the location of the pipeline and a phone number to call before digging.

  • We support statewide underground utility damage prevention programs such as the 811 One-Call System.

  • We train local authorities in preventing and responding to any pipeline-related problems.

  • We support local authorities with professionals and services.

  • We coordinate with local emergency responders.