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Industry continues to enhance best practices of natural gas storage facilities

Sabrina Fang | 202.682.8114 |

WASHINGTON, February 2, 2016 – Today the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) released a natural gas storage safety advisory modeled after industry’s best practices.

“Safety is our industry’s core value and we are committed to zero incidents,” said API Midstream Group Director Robin Rorick. “PHMSA’s new safety advisory is in part guided by the best principles industry already has in place for natural gas storage facilities.

“We continue to lead when it comes to safety by constantly upping our safety standards to ensure that we protect the public and the environment. In fact, we collaborated with PHMSA to create new standards just last year,” said Rorick referring to API’s Recommended Practices 1171 and 1170.

The standards address the proper storage of natural gas underground. Recommended Practice 1171 focuses on safe practices for designing, storing and operating natural gas in depleted oil and gas reservoirs. Recommended Practice 1170 specifically outlines how to safely design, store, and operate natural gas in salt caverns. The two standards discuss proper construction methods, materials, and maintenance practices for ensuring safe operations.

“The RPs are the result of the best minds in industry working with regulators to ensure Americans continue to safely get the reliable fuels they need to run their daily lives. The American people expect government and industry to work together towards common goals. It is these types of actions, not regulatory overreach, that serve the best interest of safety and economic growth,” said Rorick.

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s 650 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 30 million Americans.