Safety is the top priority of the Byhalia Connection Pipeline project. We are committed to protecting the environment and the safety of all who live and work near the pipeline system. To help communities near the pipeline understand our commitment to safety, we have compiled answers to frequently asked questions.
We incorporate safety in our daily activities. Our teams begin the day with a safety moment, to make sure it’s our first priority and top of mind. Safety guides the decisions we make, from planning to design and construction to operation. If we have concerns, we can stop work quickly to verify safe working conditions.
We work to involve a wide variety of community leaders and experts in this project and its safety – from environmentalists and scientists to city and county officials. We meet or exceed local, regional and federal safety standards as we construct and operate our pipelines. We train employees, and work with local emergency response crews, to react to potential incidents quickly and safely.
Before construction begins, the Byhalia Connection Pipeline team considers multiple factors, such as potential protected species, prominent environmental features like wetlands and waterways, as well as schools, recreational facilities and historic and cultural sites. We collaborate with engineers and environmental scientists, community leaders and regulators to weigh these different factors and select the best route before a single piece of pipe is placed in the ground.
Planning the route is one of the most time-intensive and costly aspects of our projects. Pipeline routes are carefully selected to fit the needs of the community, not our company. Because we know that being a good neighbor goes beyond the project itself and should extend throughout the life of the pipeline, routes are designed to accommodate feedback from local residents and community leaders.
Safety is our first priority, always. Construction is no exception. We implement many important safety measures including:
• Inspecting each joint of pipe before it leaves the steel mill
• Examining every weld by x-ray to verify its integrity
• Subjecting the pipes to tests using water at a higher pressure than the pipeline will ever be permitted to operate, and conducting examinations similar to an ultrasound before oil ever enters the pipe
• Testing the pipe with inspection tools to verify its integrity – both after construction before placing the pipe into service and continuing for the life of the pipe at regular frequencies according to federal regulations
After pipeline construction is complete, safety continues to be our first priority. After all, if the pipeline doesn’t operate properly, we can’t deliver energy in a safe, reliable manner. That’s why we have advanced technology that monitors pipelines carefully, 24/7/365, including regular aerial and ground surveillance of the pipeline right-of-way. We also use advanced technology that can monitor the health of the pipeline from the inside-out, giving us a close-up look that can help prevent problems before they happen. But we don’t just rely on technology alone. In fact, we regularly require foot patrols and flyovers to conduct pipeline inspections along the entire route.
We collaborate with local emergency response departments that may respond to a potential incident should one occur. Collaboration with emergency responders typically includes pipeline education and active drill participation. We know that the strength of any emergency response depends on the strength of the relationship and education we have with the surrounding community.