Pipeline Industry Links
We are the companies that build, own, operate and maintain the millions of miles of gas and liquid pipelines that criss-cross our nation, our states and our communities. We are serious about the safety of our pipelines - but we can't do it alone. That is why we are proud to be part of this program, and we are committed to working with government regulators, emergency responders and the communities we serve and live in to prevent pipeline accidents.
Association of Oil Pipelines
The Association of Oil Pipelines (APL) was founded in 1947 as a nonprofit trade association. AOPL acts as an information clearinghouse for the public and a representative on regulatory matters, and it provides leadership for the industry's safety initiatives
AOPL represents the owners and operators of the 200,000-mile pipeline system that transports crude oil and refined products throughout America. The Association believes that this pipeline system is not only the most efficient and safest form of transporting these products over long distances, but also is vital to America's economy and standard of living. AOPL members are committed to the reliable and safe delivery of petroleum products and seek to fulfill this commitment with the following vision for the oil pipeline industry:
AOPL's vision is an oil pipeline industry that conducts operations safely and with respect for the environment; respects the privilege to operate granted to it by the public; and provides reliable transportation of crude oil and refined products upon which America and all Americans rely to meet its energy and transportation needs.
For more information on AOPL and its initiatives please visit their website at: http://www.aopl.org.
Common Ground Alliance
The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to shared responsibility in damage prevention and the promotion of damage prevention Best Practices. The mission of CGA is to ensure public safety, environmental protection, and the integrity of vital underground services by promoting effective damage prevention practices.
The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) remains the leading organization in the national effort to reduce damages to all underground facilities through shared responsibility among all stakeholders. Now representing more than 900 individuals from 15 stakeholder groups and over 125 member organizations, the CGA offers an open forum of all interested stakeholders to discuss the most effective ways to protect the underground infrastructure during excavation activity.
The Alliance works cooperatively to enhance underground damage prevention by:
During the past three years, the CGA has grown tremendously and has taken on a wide range of damage prevention initiatives. Significant progress has been made in communicating the CGA message to stakeholders and encouraging adoption of the CGA best practices at the local level. During 2003, the CGA announced the completion of a database to serve as a repository for damage data throughout North America, assisted the Research & Special Programs Administration's Office of Pipeline Safety with closing multiple outstanding recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and welcomed eight additional Regional CGA Partners.
The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA)
Interstate Natural Gas Association of America is a trade organization, which represents nearly all of the interstate natural gas transmission pipeline companies in the United States as well as companies in Mexico and Canada. INGAA is an advocate of regulatory and legislative issues for the natural gas pipeline industry.
The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) is a trade organization that advocates regulatory and legislative positions of importance to the natural gas pipeline industry in North America. INGAA represents virtually all of the interstate natural gas transmission pipeline companies operating in the U.S., as well as comparable companies in Canada and Mexico. Its members transport over 95 percent of the nation's natural gas through a network of 180,000 miles of pipelines. The interstate natural gas pipeline industry has two principle federal regulators: the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is responsible for the economic regulation of pipelines, while the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Pipeline Safety oversees the industry's safety efforts.
The INGAA Foundation was established in 1990 to "facilitate the construction and operation of interstate and interprovincial natural gas pipelines so as to advance the use of natural gas for the benefit of the consuming public and the natural gas industry." Foundation membership is made up of pipelines as well as suppliers of goods and services to the pipeline industry. The primary activity of the Foundation is the sponsorship of studies aimed at unlocking the potential of natural gas as North America's premium domestic fuel.
To learn more about the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America their web site at http://www.ingaa.org.
American Petroleum Institute
The American Petroleum Institute (API) represents more than 400 companies involved in all aspects of the oil and natural gas industry, including exploration, production, transportation, refining and marketing. API's pipeline members represent over 80 percent of the oil pipeline mileage operated in the US.
API serves its members by influencing public policy in support of a strong and viable U.S. oil and natural gas industry to meet the energy needs of consumers in an efficient, environmentally responsible manner. API engages in federal and state legislative and regulatory advice that is based on sound science and research; technical, legal and economic analysis; and public issues communication. API also provides an industry forum to develop consensus policies and collective action on issues affecting its members. API works collaboratively with all industry oil and gas associations and other organizations to enhance industry unity and the effectiveness of its advocacy.
The oil pipeline industry and the fire marshals have a common interest in ensuring that first responders from all disciplines have the training and tools necessary to protect their own lives and the lives of people who may live or work along pipeline rights of way. Although pipeline accidents are very rare events, the consequences are significant and first responders must have the training materials, courses and other necessary tools so that they can respond quickly and effectively. But an even greater good can be achieved through prevention. API applauds this initiative for addressing the role of the fire service in assisting in protecting underground facilities of all types from third party damage. In the pipeline industry, we have found that educating the public and right of way neighbors in particular is challenging. By enlisting the fire service in this important work, not only will energy pipelines be protected, but so too will other essential underground services, including 9-1-1 telephone service, water systems for fire fighting and telecommunications for emergency response.
Information about API and its programs can be found at www.api.org Within API, the Pipeline Segment works on issues specific to the oil pipeline industry. Educational information about pipelines and pipeline safety can be found at www.pipeline101.org.
American Gas Association
The American Gas Association represents over 180 local energy utility companies that deliver natural gas to more than 52 million homes, businesses, and industries throughout the United States. AGA is an advocate for local natural gas utility companies, and provides a broad range of programs and services for member natural gas pipelines, marketers, gatherers, international gas companies and industry associates
The American Gas Association advocates the interests of its energy utility members and their customers, and provides information and services promoting demand and supply growth and operational excellence in the safe, reliable and cost-competitive delivery of natural gas. To further this mission, AGA:
For More information on AGA please visit: http://www.aga.org.
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