Pipelines remain safest means of energy delivery, API/AOPL report finds

Published on August 24, 2016 by Alyssa Michaud

According to data from a new report published by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL), pipelines remain one of the safest and most efficient methods of transporting liquid energy products across the country.

“Safety is a core value throughout our industry,” API Pipeline Manager David Murk said. “This report shows the tremendous priority we place on pipeline safety, but as an industry we can always do more. 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.”

The joint report details industry-wide efforts to improve pipeline safety, pointing to data showing that incidents involving pipelines larger than 500 barrels carrying crude oil, petroleum products and natural gas liquids have decreased by approximately one-third over the past five years, while total miles of pipeline have increased by 13 percent.

“Pipelines are a vital part of this nation’s energy infrastructure and ensuring they continue to operate safely will be critical to securing our energy future,” Murk said. “Plus, the construction of new pipelines will create jobs, grow the economy and guarantee all Americans are benefiting from our nation’s energy renaissance.”