Pipeline associations to study other industries' safety models

Four US oil and natural gas associations, and two from Canada, launched a comprehensive study of other industries’ safety models in an effort to improve gas and liquids pipeline safety.

The study will complement the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigatory initiative and the US Department of Transportation’s regulatory initiatives that are currently under way, the groups said on Aug. 9.

They include the American Petroleum Institute, Association of Oil Pipe Lines, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, and American Gas Association from the US, and the Canadian Gas Association and Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.

The groups said in a joint announcement that they are committed to promoting positive safety cultures throughout the industry, and that they hope that by learning from other businesses, energy pipelines can identify and implement a model which will measurably improve pipeline system safety.

The study is expected to be completed as early as February 2012, they said.

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