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Pipeline Emergency Preparedness & Training: Response to a Terminal Incident

Terminals are strategically located to receive, store, and re-distribute products including those classified as hazardous liquids. While emergency incidents involving terminals are rare, they can occur.
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Pipeline Emergency Response Tactics: Effectively Handling a Hazardous Liquids Spill

Hazardous liquids are commonly and safely transported in large quantities by pipeline, rail, truck, and ocean-going vessels. Despite the low risk of a hazardous liquids spill, prudence and proper pre-planning dictate that transporters and emergency response organizations prepare in the event a spill incident does occur.
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Overview of Pipeline Systems: Liquefied Natural Gas Operations

Natural gas, as the name implies, occurs naturally in a gaseous form. To safely and efficiently transport this cleaner-burning fuel to those who need it, the gas can be liquefied through a cooling process known as liquefaction.
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Keeping Pipelines Safe/ Practices & Protocols: Right-of-Way Aerial and Ground Patrols

Right-of-way patrols are an important component of pipeline safety. Patrols identify encroachments and unauthorized activity near the pipeline. Because of this, State and Federal pipeline safety regulations require pipeline rights-of-way to be inspected.
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Best Practices

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““We attend annual training programs sponsored in our county by pipeline operators and always try to encourage our VFD to participate, not only in that event, but to take the initiative to dedicate some training time to discuss and train on pipeline emergency response.”

Potential Hazards Chart

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First Responder Training Video Series

Learn how to safely and effectively respond to a pipeline emergency, how pipelines work, how different products impact response, response leading practices, how to better prepare to respond to pipeline incidents and roles in pipeline response. Videos feature interviews with pipeline and emergency response experts, covering a wide variety of emergency response disciplines. Videos available at


*CHEMM 2.0 guidance and reference materials

*New Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for airborne chemicals (AEGL) data from the EPA

*Data updates based on the last Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) content

*Protective distance “point into the wind” and more!

A set of WISER tutorial videos can be viewed here and videos can also be found in the training section of the NLM YouTube Channel.

NPMS Launches iPhone app for PIMMA

The National Pipeline Mapping System has launched an iPhone app for PIMMA. It can be accessed by searching for "pipeline information" on the App store. You will need your PIMMA username and password to use the PIMMA iPhone app. To access the National Pipeline Mapping System online and locate transmission pipelines in your area, please go to

Did you Know….

811811 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!


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