Pipeline Safety

Pipelines are the safest, most reliable and efficient means of transporting large quantities of natural gas, crude and refined petroleum products. TPA member companies are committed to maintaining safe operations and aspire to operate their pipeline systems with zero incidents.

A Culture of Safety

Beginning in the 1930s, Texas was the first state in the nation to adopt pipeline safety regulations. In the 1970s, Texas continued its proactive pipeline safety efforts by authorizing the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) to enforce the federal minimum pipeline safety regulations for distribution and intrastate pipelines. This forward-thinking approach continues today, with Texas mandating a pipeline integrity management program that exceeds federal mandates and requires more pipelines to be inspected – physically and visually – for safety and reliability. TPA member companies often adopt company policies that go beyond the requirements of both state and federal regulations.

Systems for Success

TPA members strive for continuous improvement through ongoing safety and awareness training programs to ensure compliance with all regulatory and industry standards. In accordance with both company policies and state-mandated requirements, the pipeline industry regularly meets with and trains first responder to test and refine emergency strategies. The Texas pipeline industry uses advanced technology and techniques to safeguard the public from injury and to prevent property damage, while minimizing environmental impact.