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Pipeline Safety Performance 

For more information on industry safety, read the API-LEPA Annual Pipeline Safety Excellence Performance Report.

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Safety Record

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#Pipeline incidents impacting people or the environment decreased 16% from 2018 to 2022. 

 Total #pipeline incidents dropped 28% over the last five years, with 112 fewer incidents in 2022 compared to 2018.  

Most #pipeline incidents are small. In 2022, 58% of incidents were less than five barrels and 78% were less than 50 barrels. 

#Pipeline incidents caused by equipment failure or incorrect operation that impacted people or the environment are down 42% and 45% respectively. 

Over the last five years, total liquids #pipeline incidents are down 28%. Pipeline incidents affecting people or the environment are down 16%. 

A barrel of oil or refined products arrives safely at its destination 99.999% of the time. #PipelineSafety 

Government comparisons of #pipelines, rail and trucks keep finding pipelines come out on top. 

#Pipelines are about moving the products that power our lives from here to there cleanly, safely and efficiently. 

We produce energy in places like Texas, North Dakota and Alaska, and we use energy in places like New York, Atlanta and Chicago. #Pipelines are how we get energy from where it’s produced to where we need it in the most sustainable and cost-effective way. 

#Pipelines connect us to the energy we need and use every day, from heating our homes, to powering our vehicles, to supplying our manufacturing and help keep input costs low. 

#Pipelines are a safe and sustainable way to move large volumes of liquid energy.  

This year’s annual performance report shows #pipelines are not only safe, but they are also getting safer. 

#Pipeline operators have a goal of zero incidents, because that is the safety culture we want to drive. 

Because Minnesota has no local sources of petroleum, #pipelines enable local refineries to make the gasoline, diesel and fuel oil Minnesota families and workers need.  

Minnesota’s proximity to booming production basins in Canada and North Dakota make it an important part of the energy supply network for the three million barrels per day of crude oil that flows through the state. #PipelinesAreLifelines 

Propane, is especially important for South Dakota. In 2021, South Dakotans consumed over 50 million gallons of propane and approximately one out of every five households use propane for heating. #PipelinesAreLifelines  

Crop drying is imperative for South Dakota’s agricultural sector, and over 80% of grain dryers rely on propane. #PipelinesAreLifelines  

#Propane provides farmers with a reliable, efficient and economical source of energy. #PipelinesAreLifelines  

In the agricultural sector, diesel powers approximately 75% of all farm equipment, 20% of irrigation pumps and over 95% of the trucks that transport agricultural products. #PipelinesAreLifelines  

Energy infrastructure, like #pipelines, is key to ensuring regions that lack refining capabilities and have minimal production have access to energy.  

Iowa produces over 4 billion gallons of ethanol and biodiesel annually. Over 40 ethanol plants across Iowa convert corn to low-carbon fuels. #Pipelines will help Iowa farmers open up new markets for the ethanol produced from their corn. #PipelinesAreLifelines  

For decades, Iowan farmers have relied on propane for essential grain drying and the heating of livestock barns. #PipelinesAreLifelines  

Liquids pipeline operators have a long track record of sharing and learning to drive continuous improvement in #PipelineSafety.  

This year’s industry-wide strategic plan contains a new set of initiatives to address a broader set of challenges facing #pipeline operators. #PipelineSafety  

Read about industry-wide #pipelinesafety efforts contained in our new three-year strategic plan.  

For the #pipeline industry, no matter what our performance record says, we always want to do better. 

#Pipeline operators are working together to promote organizational and workforce excellence. See more:

Industry-wide pipeline safety programs will reduce pipeline corrosion. See more:

The #pipeline industry is joining together to improve safety through technology and innovation. See more:

#Pipeline operators are serious about increasing stakeholder awareness and engagement. See more:

#Pipeline operators are working together to address cybersecurity threats. See more:

Advancing a safe and sustainable energy future is a #pipeline industry-wide goal. See more:

#Pipeline operators are joining forces to reduce pipeline leaks. See more:

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