Safety & System Integrity
The oil and natural gas supply chains can be complicated and sometimes obscure systems to many who rely on their products and services. API has created supply chain models for both oil and natural gas to communicate, in the simplest terms, how the industry works from the identification of resources to the end user.
API created the Oil and Natural Gas Industry Preparedness Handbook, with support from members and associations throughout the industry, to illustrate how local responses can be aided by local, State and regional associations, established relationships with governments and communities, and how corporate and federal capabilities can facilitate efficient response and recovery at the local level.
Safety and security underpin activities throughout the oil and gas industry.
Safety at unmanned oil well sites is important to the oil and natural gas industry. A key issue is safety at oil field storage tanks. Typically these are located in rural or remote locations – though oil and natural gas development is moving into more urban, more populated areas as well. People who aren’t authorized to be on these sites should stay away from such facilities.
The connection of a security problem with oil use can be traced to early 20th century concern over access to fuel as the world’s major navies shifted to oil power. Modern day concern over oil security, however, is broader than access to military fuel.
The U.S. oil and natural gas industry has long operated globally, often in unstable regions overseas where security is an integral part of providing for the world’s energy needs. After September 11th, 2001, the industry partnered with federal and local authorities to reevaluate and strengthen our domestic security.
Companies adapted their overseas security experience to domestic installations. Nationwide, oil and natural gas companies made major investments in construction, training and communications all the way from wellheads and offshore platforms to tankers, ports, pipelines, refineries, storage tanks, and most importantly, employees and their communities.
America’s oil and natural gas industry considers safety its top priority and is committed to developing the technologies, standards and best practices, and programs needed to help ensure that workplace safety is at the forefront of our activities.