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New pipeline report reveals ongoing industry commitment to safety

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The American Petroleum Institute (API) and seven other pipeline and contractor trade organisations released the Pipeline Safety Management Systems (SMS) 2021 Annual Report.
The report found that 85% of total industry pipeline mileage participated in voluntary Pipeline SMS implementation.
Industry initiatives like Pipeline SMS help the pipeline industry from liquid operators to gas distribution, transmission and gathering operators to pipeline contractors create a safety culture and work to advance a zero-incident future.
“This past year, we continued to expand the dialogue with stakeholders and provided support for all operators on this journey,” said outgoing pipeline SMS industry team chair and Black Hills Energy vice president of natural gas system safety John Hill.
“We continue to see the convergence of personal and pipeline safety and overall improvement in safety culture – the best predictor of safety outcomes.”
“Over the past five years, the liquids pipeline industry has witnessed the impact of SMS implementation, driving reductions in both total incidents and incidents impacting people and the environment,” said incoming Pipeline SMS industry team chair and Enbridge director of safety and reliability governance Cindy Graham.
“But there is more work to be done. The Industry Team will help operators who have not yet implemented SMS, as well as those who want to advance their SMS maturity. Working together, we are focused on improving industry’s pipeline safety performance through universal SMS implementation.”
After the publication of API Recommended Practice (RP) 1173, Pipeline Safety Management Systems, in 2015, the pipeline industry began efforts to promote the commitment to and implementation of RP 1173.