Doing the Right Thing Today for TomorrowOperational Excellence 2015
Kinder Morgan is committed to being a good corporate citizen. We employ responsible business practices and spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually on integrity management and maintenance programs. We are dedicated to continuous improvement and relentless risk reduction beyond compliance activities for the protection of people, care for the environment, and the safe operation of our pipelines and facilities in compliance with all rules and regulations.
Our safety slogan is People First, Safety Always. People First emphasizes our focus on our employees, our contractors and the public; and reminds our employees to respect everyone, which is one of Kinder Morgan’s values. Safety Always means we integrate employee safety, contractor safety, public safety and pipeline safety into everything we do.
Kinder Morgan is proud of our safety record and we post our pipeline operating and safety statistics online for public inspection. We take into account the safety performance of our business units and their employees during bonus allocations and performance reviews. Through our safety programs, we also work closely with emergency responders, government agencies and our contractors.
Below are some of our 2015 achievements.Safety
- In 2015, we outperformed our peers on 36 of 37 operating and safety measures.
- Because third parties striking pipelines is the leading cause of serious pipeline accidents, we are a platinum-level supporter of the Common Ground Alliance and promote the organization’s message to call 811 before you dig.
- We held an 811 Day contest to remind employees to always call before digging and to share that information with family, friends and neighbors.
- A Kinder Morgan executive is chair of the board of directors for the Common Ground Alliance.
- We worked with other pipeline operators to jointly develop API 1173 Recommended Practice for Pipeline Safety Management Systems. This recommended practice establishes a pipeline safety management systems framework for organizations that operate hazardous liquids and gas pipelines.
- We conducted our largest emergency response exercises to date at our Edmonton Terminal in Sherwood Park, Alberta, and at our Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, British Columbia. Hundreds of representatives from government agencies participated, including federal and provincial regulators, municipalities, environmental agencies and health authorities.
- Two of our terminals received awards from the Arkansas Department of Labor for achieving 2 million labor hours without a lost time injury.
- Employees in Tennessee conducted pipeline safety presentations for the state highway patrol about the importance of calling before you dig, and recognizing pipeline markers and compressor stations.
- Local first responders toured our facilities near Blytheville, Arkansas, to better understand our operations. We gave an overview of the products we transport and handle, and briefed the group on the layout of each facility.
- Employees in our Canadian business unit participated in a survey distributed by the Canadian Energy Pipelines Association (CEPA) to gain insights about our industry's safety culture. Our employees obtained a higher-than-average score on the survey.
- The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection honored Kinder Morgan with Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards in the water resources category. The awards recognized our remediation project on the Raritan River.
- Kinder Morgan voluntarily entered into a conservation agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service focusing on the lesser prairie chicken. The agreement covers our natural gas pipelines in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas that share lesser prairie chicken habitat.
- We reduced waste and saved energy through recycling programs at many of our offices and facilities. At our Houston headquarters, our employees recycled 101 tons of paper, glass, aluminum and cardboard.
- Our Edmonton Rail Terminal in Alberta received the Sherwood Park & District Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award. This award recognizes the terminal’s achievements over the past year and our peers chose us as the winner.
- Employees at our Yates facility in Iraan, Texas, received their 17th consecutive Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Division’s Voluntary Protection Program Star Certification. The Yates facility was the first oilfield site in the country to receive this certification.
- The Kinder Morgan Foundation distributed more than $1.5 million in grants to youth organizations. Our donations supported education and arts programs in many communities where we operate, including Houston, Texas, Birmingham, Alabama, Atlanta, Georgia, and Orange, California.
- We supported the Keep Savannah Clean campaign in Georgia. Our donation will help the organization reduce littering in the community by 50 percent over the next year through an education and social media outreach initiative.
- Employees near Springfield, Massachusetts, participated in the Green-N-Fit Neighborhood Rebuild project. The project revitalizes homes in low-income neighborhoods.
- Our donation to the Anderson Five Charter School in Anderson, South Carolina, supported the school’s “shark tank” room. The room will help students gain real-life, hands-on experience to become career ready.
- Kinder Morgan employees donated more than $700,000 to United Way during employee giving campaigns in many of our offices.
Kinder Morgan is one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America. We own an interest in or operate 84,000 miles of pipelines and 155 terminals. Our pipelines transport natural gas, gasoline, crude oil, CO2 and other products, and our terminals store petroleum products and chemicals, and handle bulk materials like coal and petroleum coke.