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API: Pipelines are critical to safely delivering the energy Americans demand every day

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WASHINGTON, June 21, 2018 – At today’s House Transportation Subcommittee hearing, API highlighted how the natural gas and oil industry is committed to advancing pipeline safety to protect communities and the environment and underscored the important role that pipelines play in delivering the energy that American consumers demand and need every day.

“Pipelines are critical to ensuring that consumers keep feeling the benefits of our nation’s vast energy resources, and they are one of the most efficient ways to safely deliver the energy that Americans use every day from the gasoline that fuels our transportation system to the life-saving medical devices made from liquid petroleum products to the clean natural gas that is used to generate much of the electricity for our Nation’s homes, manufacturing plants, hospitals and schools,” said API Midstream Group Director Robin Rorick in his testimony to the committee.

“API continues to develop and revise critical standards and recommended practices following the accreditation process of the American National Standards Institute—or ANSI. Specifically, API has developed a number of standards to address pipeline safety in close coordination with subject matter experts from industry, government, academia and the broader stakeholder community. In fact, PHMSA has incorporated by reference many of these standards in their regulations.

“The oil and natural gas industry is committed to promoting safety in all its operations while it strives to ensure that American families and businesses can safely and efficiently access affordable and reliable energy.”

Rorick’s full testimony is available on the API website.

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s nearly 620 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 45 million Americans.