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Pipeline Safety


There are more than two million miles of pipelines in America. EQM Midstream Partners has a strong record of pipeline safety. We review our established safety protocols, procedures, and processes as needed to show our community members that we operate with their safety in mind. The careful design, construction, and operation of wells and pipelines is essential to protect our communities. When designing, constructing, and operating natural gas pipelines and facilities, we integrate preventive measures to ensure employee, contractor, and community safety along the entire pipeline route. We carefully design the pipelines that transport natural gas from the well to the marketplace and maintain them regularly, prioritizing public safety and environmental protection. We meet or exceed safety standards and practices through:


Design

-          Comply with applicable local, state, and federal regulations

-          Design facilities consistent with industry standards and best practice

-          Optimize routes to avoid sensitive areas

Construction

-          Inspect construction activities to verify safe and proper installation measures

-          Test pipelines prior to placing them in-service to certify integrity

-          Examine welds to ensure safety

Operations

-          Monitor, control, and analyze natural gas flow via 24/7 Gas Control Center

-          Mitigate corrosion through maintenance of cathodic protection systems, fluid sampling, and flow control

-          Maintain rights-of-way for aerial patrols and routine on-site inspections

-          Sustain comprehensive operating and maintenance programs to ensure the integrity of the assets and minimize the potential for third-party damage

Integrity Management

-          Identify high-consequence areas along the transmission lines based on population and land/building use

-          Create a risk model that prioritizes the high consequence areas for integrity assessment

-          Complete specific evaluations, such as corrosion investigations and pressure testing, to assure integrity of the pipelines

Security

-          Provide on-site security through electronic monitoring, fences, buildings, locks, and surveillance

Community Awareness

-          Mail safety brochure annually to residents and businesses located near pipelines

-          Participate in annual meetings for first responders and excavators to provide pipeline safety information

-          Promote national “811 – Call before you dig” program to prevent accidents

-          Participate in and sponsor PA 811 Safety Day