Our Pipeline Safety Measures
- Plains’ Integrity Management Plan includes the regular inspection of all lines using a number of diagnostic tools at varying intervals. Some inspections are repeated multiple times a year and others occur annually or at longer intervals, depending on regulatory requirements.
- Plains follows applicable requirements for reporting releases to the appropriate regulatory agency. According to regulatory requirements, these reportable incidents can be anything from a crack in a pipeline that doesn't result in any leakage, to something larger.
- Plains has 24/7 remote monitoring of its pipelines and real-time leak detection technologies to quickly identify and address potential issues.
- Plains conducts regular aerial surveillance of its pipelines using private pilots with specialized training in identifying risks or possible damage to pipelines.
- Plains has emergency procedures in place to promptly shut down and isolate a pipeline segment, dispatch first responders and take measures to protect human health and the environment. We maintain or contract emergency response equipment and/or personnel to ensure a rapid, organized and safe response to any emergency situation. We also have proactive public awareness and community outreach programs to inform the public about our operations and to enlist their assistance in reducing the potential for an emergency situation.
- Plains' terminals are equipped with secondary containment systems to prevent spilled products from entering nearby waterways.
- We establish relationships with the local first responder community in order to familiarize emergency personnel, should a situation ever arise where they are needed.