At Altus Midstream, we are committed to safely operating our facilities and to protecting people, property and the environment. We comply with regulatory requirements and seek to go above and beyond by being good stewards of the land and good neighbors in areas where we operate.
Pipeline Purpose and Reliability
Pipelines deliver the raw materials that later become products that better our lives and fuels that power our lives. According to pipeline data collected by the U.S. Department of Transportation, pipelines are one of the safest and most cost-effective ways to transport these products. Pipeline operators are subject to many state regulations and industry standards that deal with all phases of pipeline operations.
Types of Pipelines
Gathering pipelines link natural gas and petroleum sources to central collection points. Gathering pipelines also connect to transmission pipelines for long distance transportation of natural gas and petroleum.
Transmission pipelines are used to move products from treatment plants or processing facilities long distances between cities, states and even across the continent. These are usually longer and larger in diameter. Related structures are compressor station buildings, valves and metering or measuring stations.
How We Keep Our Pipelines Safe
To maintain safe, reliable operations of our pipelines and facilities, we invest significant time and capital in integrity management and procedures, such as:
- Preventive maintenance programs
- 24-hour pipeline monitoring
- Ground surveys
- Aerial surveillance
- Cathodic protection to inhibit corrosion
- In-Line-Inspections to insure the integrity of pipelines
How you Keep Pipelines Safe:
Pipeline Damage Prevention—Call 811 before you dig!
Steps you must take:
- Call 811; be ready to report where your activity will occur and what type of activity you will be doing.
- Wait until all buried utilities and pipelines are marked with paint and flags
- Dig Safely
- Contact us with any questions or concerns.
Look for a Pipeline Right-Of-Way (ROW):
Pipelines are buried and located in right-of-ways (ROW). ROWs are clear of any structures and/or trees and allow pipeline operators to access the pipeline for maintenance, ground and aerial inspections, and testing.
How Do You Know Where a Pipeline Is Located?
Pipeline markers are placed above ground along the pipeline right-of-way and at above ground pipeline facilities, street crossings, and railroad crossings to indicate the approximate location of the pipeline. These markers state the pipeline operator name, emergency number, and the product being transported. Do not try to guess the route or location of the pipeline from where the markers are placed, because pipeline markers do not indicate the depth and exact location of a pipeline.
How Do You Recognize pipelines?
Look for pipeline markers like this one:
What to Do If You Are Digging and Disturb a Pipeline
If you cause what seems to be only minor damage to the pipeline, notify us immediately. A gouge, scrape, dent or crease to the pipe or coating may cause a significant break or leak in the future. It is imperative that we inspect and repair any damage to the line. You may contact our emergency number: 800-548-8098.
|Product||Leak Type||Vapors||Health Hazards||Fire Hazards|
|Natural Gas||Gas||Lighter than air||Extremely high concentrations may cause irritation or asphyxiation||Extremely flammable and easily ignited by heat, sparks or flames|
|Highly Volatile Liquids (HVLs) = Natural Gas Liquids, Liquid Petroleum Gases, Propane, Ethane, Butane, etc.||Gas||Heavier than air||
Respiratory tract irritant; may cause central nervous system effects, drowsiness, asphyxiation.
Both an irritant and a chemical asphyxiant with effects on both oxygen utilization and the central nervous system.
|Extremely flammable liquid or vapor, vapors are heavier than air and may accumulate in low areas and travel considerable distance to ignition source|
How to Recognize A Pipeline Leak
In the unlikely event of a pipeline leak, one or any combination of these will allow you to recognize a leak:
Sight: Blowing dirt, fire coming from ground, dry or frozen spots, dead vegetation within a green area or water bubbling in a pond or creek
Sound: Listen for a hissing, blowing or roaring sound
Smell: Natural gas is primarily odorless while petroleum may range in smells from sweet, chemical, sour or gasoline in gathering or transmission pipelines.
How You Should Respond to And Report A Pipeline Emergency
The following guidelines are designed to ensure your safety and the safety of those in the area if a pipeline leak is suspected or detected.
- Leave the area immediately, moving on foot upwind and/or crosswind of the product release.
- DO NOT breathe the released product or make contact with the product or pipeline components.
- DO NOT create any sparks with matches, lighters, switches, battery powered devices, etc.
- DO NOT drive a vehicle near the area of the release.
- After moving away from the location of the natural gas release, CALL 911 and then notify our emergency number at 800-548-8098
- DO NOT operate any pipeline valves. Leave all valve operation to trained pipeline company personnel.
- DO NOT put out any fires that are burning at the pipeline.
If you have any questions regarding integrity management, safety and environmental stewardship or emergency response, you may contact us at 210-447-5600.