Modern Day Pipeline Picture: Safety

A new report completed by the Association of Oil Pipe Lines and the American Petroleum Institute shows the high priority placed on pipeline safety.
By The Bakken Magazine Staff | September 16, 2016

A new report completed by the Association of Oil Pipe Lines and the American Petroleum Institute shows the high priority placed on pipeline safety, the report’s creators said. “But as an industry, we can always do more,” according to David Murk, pipeline manager for API. “By constantly evaluating our safety programs and activities, learning from past experiences and making timely and adequate adjustments, our industry will continue working towards its goal of zero incidents,” he said.

The 44-page report includes information on pipeline safety principles; safety records including where performance is improving and where challenges remain, and new operation technologies or approaches being implemented for inspecting, monitoring and managing pipeline safety programs.

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By The Numbers

- 207,800 miles of liquids pipeline cross America from production areas to refineries to consumers and manufacturers—a 13 percent increase from 2011 to 2015.

- 72,400 miles of pipeline transport crude oil from production areas to refineries—a 29 percent increase over the past five years.

- 99.9 percent of crude oil and petroleum products delivered by pipeline reach their destination safely.

- 6.9 billion barrels of petroleum products delivered by pipeline in 2014—an 8 percent increase since 2010.

- $2.2 billion—the amount spent by liquids pipeline operators in 2014 for evaluating, inspecting and performing maintenance on their pipeline systems.

- 67,500 miles of pipeline transport natural gas liquids to farmers and industrial manufacturers—a 15 percent increase over the last five years.

- 16.2 million barrels of crude oil and petroleum products delivered by pipeline in 2014—a 20 percent increase since 2010.

- 62,600 miles of pipeline deliver gasoline, diesel and jet fuel to drivers, workers and travelers—a 3 percent increase over the past five years.

- In 2015, 65 percent of pipeline incident releases were less than 5 barrels.