Keeping Communities Safe
Community growth has had a tremendous impact on the pipeline industry. Pipelines that were once buried in sparsely populated areas can now be found in urban locations as land development expands with new neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and industrial areas. With this growth, more people are working and living in the vicinity of pipelines, making safety an even higher priority. “With an increase in the number of people who interact with our underground pipelines on a daily basis, public education and safety are critically important,” said Catreana McMullen, Chesapeake Midstream Specialist – Public Awareness. “We’re working more closely than ever with industry organizations such as the Common Ground Alliance and PIPA (Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance).” Because land development in the proximity of any pipeline can result in unintentional injuries, fatalities or property and environmental damage, PIPA has developed recommended practices for protecting communities and transmission pipelines and for communicating with stakeholders. These recommended practices provide information on existing transmission lines and potential risks that can help communities during development planning. A collaborative effort of pipeline safety stakeholders, PIPA was originally developed to address growth in relation to transmission pipelines. The organization’s recommended practices can, however, apply to the pipeline industry as a whole. Additional information can also be found in the Best Practice developed by Common Ground Alliance.