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. Further, the team represents the liquids pipeline industry in meetings with emergency response advocacy organizations.
The American Petroleum Institute has issued guidance to U.S. pipeline operators to improve public awareness of pipelines. The purpose of the guidelines, known as Recommended Practice 1162 or Public Awareness Programs for Pipeline Operators, is to reduce pipeline accidents, which are often attributable to digging by homeowners, contractors, and farmers. To see Recommended Practice 1162, 2nd Edition, please go to API's Incorporate by Reference website and register. Proceed to the "Pipeline Operations" section and then access and read RP 1162, 2nd Edition online. If you wish to purchase, please order here.
The following definitions and interpretations were based partially on guidance provided by ANSI D15.1 – 1976, a former standard for recording and measuring motor vehicle incident experience. The intent of these definitions is to capture vehicle incidents which are deemed within the control of the company to prevent.