health and safety
SAFETY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY
Woodland Midstream LLC places the highest priority on the safety of the public, our employees and the environment, and we are committed to meeting the most stringent safety standards for our assets, operations and personnel. We design and monitor our pipelines and processing facilities to ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state requirements. Woodland’s safety programs adheres to the strictest codes and regulations from the Texas Railroad Commission and The Department of Transportation (DOT) with an emphasis on the following: hydrostatic pressure testing, integrity testing with x-rays, corrosion protection, regular pipeline maintenance and pigging, employee training, and local outreach and education for first responders and public safety personnel.
PIPELINES ARE AMERICA’S ENERGY NETWORK
America’s energy transportation network consists of over 2.6 million miles of pipelines delivering a variety of products, including natural gas, to homes, businesses and industrial facilities across the nation. The vast majority of these pipelines are buried underground. They are the safest and most reliable method of transporting the essential energy required to generate electricity, heat our homes, fuel our vehicles, and power factories and industries. Pipeline safety is regulated by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (www.phmsa.dot.gov) and by state agencies. According to the PHMSA, pipelines are the safest and most economical method of transporting energy products.
Since most pipelines are underground, pipeline locations are marked by aboveground pipeline markers which contain information about the general pipeline location, the product carried, and the operator’s name and contact information. While these surface markings indicate the presence of a pipeline, they cannot be relied upon to identify its exact position.
RECOGNIZING A LEAK
The best way to detect a possible pipeline spill or leak is to use sight, smell and sound. A spill or leak may exist if:
You see along the pipeline right-of-way: dead or discolored vegetation, persistent bubbling in standing water, a cloud of vapor or mist, or pools of liquid not usually present.
You hear an unusual noise, such as a hissing or roaring sound, along a pipeline right-of-way.
You smell an unusual odor or scent of petroleum along a pipeline right-of-way.
IF YOU SUSPECT A LEAK
- Leave the area immediately. Walk into the wind and away from possible hazardous fumes. Maintain a safe distance and warn others to avoid the area. Abandon any equipment being used in or near the area.
- From a safe location, call 911 or your local emergency response number as well as the pipeline company.
- Do not touch, breathe or make contact with leaking liquids or gas.
- Until you are in a safe location, do not cause any potential source of ignition including lighting a match, starting an engine, using a telephone (including cell phones), turning light switches on or off, or taking any action that may create a spark.
CALL BEFORE YOU DIG
In every digging job, your help is needed to prevent pipeline emergencies. Since 1994, over 40% of the serious incidents reported to the PHMSA on the national pipeline system have been caused by damage due to excavation or outside force. The best way to prevent damage to underground facilities is timely communication between excavators and the owners of the facilities. One-call centers facilitate this communication by enabling an excavator to place just one call, prior to digging, to request that all underground facilities in the area of a planned excavation be located and marked. By simply dialing 811 at no cost, you can reach the one-call center that will ensure companies operating underground utilities in the area where you plan to dig are notified in advance. Those companies can then dispatch crews to mark the exact location of their utilities so you can avoid hitting them when you begin your excavation. If you can’t connect to the one-call center by dialing 811 for some reason, dial 1-888-258-0808 or visit Call811.com and click on the Local Info tab for information on how to reach the one-call center directly.