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Excavation Damage Prevention ToolboxExcavation Damage Prevention Toolbox 
The Excavation Damage Prevention (EDP) toolbox is a collection of damage prevention shared learnings and practices for onshore, hazardous liquid transmission pipeline operation. The learnings and practices outlined may be utilized by an operator as information to be considered when analyzing, reviewing and/or modifying existing procedures. It is not intended to be utilized as a recommended practice or basis for regulation.

See EDP Toolbox website.

PDF Icon AOPL/API: U.S. Liquids Pipeline Usage & Mileage Report (November 2015)

PDF Icon API-AOPL National Pipeline Mapping System Comments and Request (December 2014)

PDF Icon API-AOPL Comments on OQ Cost Recovery Accident and Incident Notification (September 8, 2015)

PDF Icon API-AOPL Joint Comments regarding National Pipeline Mapping System (November 25, 2015)

Where are the Pipelines?

Liquid Pipelines

Liquid Pipeline Map

More than 190,000 miles of liquid petroleum pipelines traverse the United States. They connect producing areas to refineries and chemical plants while delivering the products American consumers and businesses need. Pipelines are safe, efficient and, because most are buried, largely unseen. They move crude oil from oil fields on land and offshore to refineries where it is turned into fuels and other products, then from the refineries to terminals where fuels are trucked to retail outlets. Pipelines operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

Natural Gas Pipelines

Natural Gas Map

Natural gas is delivered directly to homes and businesses through local distribution lines from local distribution companies. Large distribution lines, called mains, move the gas close to cities. These main lines, along with the much smaller service lines that travel to homes and businesses account for the vast majority of the nation’s 2.4-million- mile underground pipeline system. 

Safety Issues

Call Before You Dig 
April is National Safe Digging Month!  It's the time of year when the American Petroleum Institute encourages homeowners and professional excavators to call 811 and follow the safe digging process to help prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages. Beneath America's cities and rural areas lies a complex network of pipelines, wires, conduits and cables. Some are buried only a few feet - or less - below the surface. Hitting these lines can damage them, disrupting service, resulting in costly repairs and possibly fines and even endangering lives. A federally-mandated national "Call Before You Dig" number, 811 was created to help protect you from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines while working on digging projects.

Pipeline Safety Excellence 
In 2014, the liquid pipeline industry launched its Pipeline Safety Excellence(TM) initiative. It reflects the shared values and commitment we have to building and operating safe pipelines. One of those pipeline safety values is communicating with stakeholders. Pipeline operators are committed to sharing publicly the results of industry-wide safety performance.

Compendium of State Pipeline Safety Requirements and Initiatives Providing Increased Public Safety Levels 
NARUC and our colleagues at the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives are pleased to release an updated compendium of gas pipeline regulations around the country revealing that States implement stricter rules and laws than required by the federal government.

Improving Liquid Pipeline Safety
The nation’s more than 190,000 miles of petroleum transmission pipelines are the primary means of moving crude oil, gasoline, diesel fuel and other petroleum products to consumer markets.

Safety and Environmental Award Program

API Pipeline Safety and Environmental Award Program
Eligible pipeline companies will find the materials for the API awards program for hazardous liquid pipeline safety and environmental performance for the year 2015. All hazardous liquid pipeline operators that are members of API and/or AOPL may apply for the awards, so long as they meet the eligibility criteria. The awards program is managed and maintained by the API Pipeline Environment, Health and Safety Board.

Emergency Response

Working with the Responders: A Vital Partnership for an Effective Response to Pipeline Emergencies
Representing a broad cross section of major North American liquids pipeline operators, the API/AOPL Emergency Response Team (ERT) is responsible for implementing API/AOPL strategy to proactively enhance hazardous liquid pipeline emergency communications, planning, preparedness and response.

API/AOPL Emergency Response Forums: Promote Discussion Among Pipeline Operators, Agencies and First Responders on Pipeline Emergency Preparedness and Response
With a collective goal of shared learnings to protect lives, the environment and property in the wake of a hazardous liquid pipeline emergency, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) are hosting annual Emergency Response Forums. See API Calendar of Events: 2016 Liquids Pipeline Safety Management System (PSMS) Workshop (Feb. 16, 2016)

Public Awareness

Call Before You Dig
Beneath America's cities and rural areas lies a complex network of pipelines, wires, conduits and cables. Some are buried only a few feet - or less - below the surface. Hitting these lines can damage them, disrupting service, resulting in costly repairs and possibly fines and even endangering lives. A federally-mandated national "Call Before You Dig" number, 811 was created to help protect you from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines while working on digging projects.

RP1162/Public Awareness 
Pipeline operators, measure the effectiveness of your public awareness programs as required by the U.S. Department of Transportation regulations.

Pipeline Operations and Integrity

Pipeline Control Room Operations video 
Safety is at the forefront of all activities in the control room.

PDF Icon Gathering Lines Overview (August 2015)

PDF Icon Oil & Natural Gas Transportation & Storage Infrastructure: Status, Trends, & Economic Benefits (IHS Report - December 2013)

PDF Icon Data Integration and Interpretation Report and Survey Results (July 2013)  Note: By mid-2016, the industry plans to issues guidelines for application of data integration

Pipeline Policy Issues

See comments and testimony related to pipeline policy Issues 

Standards & Publications

Government-Cited and Safety Documents (Read-only site)

PDF Icon Pipeline Transportation Publications

PDF Icon API RP 1111 Pubs Announcement

PDF Icon RP 1170 Pubs Announcement

PDF Icon RP 1171 Pubs Announcement

PDF Icon RP 2200 Pubs Announcement

Pipeline Related Links