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Pipeline Emergency Preparedness & Training: Case Study of Westmoreland County, PA Pipeline Rupture

At 8:15 a.m. on the morning of April 29, 2016, a 30-inch transmission pipeline carrying natural gas exploded in Salem, Pennsylvania in Westmoreland County.
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Pipeline Emergency Response Tactics: Effective Scene Size-Up at a Terminals Incident

Terminals provide a key link in the distribution chain for liquid petroleum products and allow for temporary storage before transportation to end users. While types of product storage tanks vary, responses to an emergency and initial scene size-up at a terminal facility share some common elements.
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Overview of Pipeline Systems: Inside a Natural Gas Compressor Station

One of the most critical elements of the natural gas transmission system is a facility known as a compressor station. These stations, typically located every 40-70 miles along major pipeline systems,
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Keeping Pipelines Safe/ Practices & Protocols: Damage Prevention

With over 20 million miles of underground utilities in the United States, it’s no surprise that outside force or excavation damage is the leading cause of pipeline incidents.
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Best Practices From Emergency Response Peers

“We continually go over pipeline safety and operational safety in all of our safety meetings.”-–Denver Carter, Stroud, OK

“We will be holding a drill this year on a mock pipeline incident...We also have strong membership to our local LEPC.”-Krista Salinas, Skagit County Dept of Emergency Mgmt, Mount Vernon, WA

Skiatook Fire has been active in the pipeline/hazmat response and consistently seek[s] materials to make any response safer.”

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The Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA) is a collaboration of various stakeholders invested in further enhancing pipeline safety in communities. To read the latest report released by PIPA on Hazard Mitigation Planning: Practices for Land-use Planning and Development near Pipelines, please click: .

National Pipeline Mapping System

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Did you Know….

811 is the nationally recognized number to notify utilities of pending excavation activity so that utilities can properly locate underground assets. Locating services are free. Help us spread the word for safety ...Call 811 before you dig!

Know what's below. Call before you dig.

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