The pipeline subcommittee of the American Petroleum
Institute (API) trade group adopted eight pipeline safety
principles at meetings this week with industry operators and
the Association of Oil Pipe Lines.
The principles, which evolved from operator experiences and
APIs pipeline performance tracking system program, will
help focus and improve industry safety programs and
performance, the group said.
The principles are evidence of our commitment to
continuous safety improvement, said Harry Pefanis,
president of Plains All American Pipeline and chairman of
APs pipeline committee.
Industrys adoption of these principles
demonstrates our commitment and strengthens our ongoing efforts
to improve our safety record, he added.
API says the eight liquid pipeline safety principles are
zero incidents, organization-wide commitment, a culture of
safety, continuous improvement, learning from experience,
systems for success, employing technology and communicating with
Our members have worked hard to measure their
performance and identify ways to improve, said Peter
Lidiak, pipeline director for API.
While weve seen great improvement, more is
needed to move us towards a goal of zero incidents.
Adoption of these principles sends a clear message to
the entire industry and the public that safety will continue to
be of paramount importance.