API Names Distinguished Pipeline Safety Award Winners

Citgo, Colonial and Marathon were the big winners of the American Petroleum Institute (API) 2019 Distinguished Pipeline Safety Awards. 

The award recognizes one small, medium and large operator, selected by peers, which has shown leadership in fostering a safety culture that is proactive in sharing and learning of leading practices and participation in API policy and technical work.

“Strengthening safety culture and enhancing pipeline integrity truly stand out in our quest toward zero incidents and industry-wide safety, as well as the safety of surrounding communities and the environment, and we’re very pleased to be sharing this award with these operators,said API President and CEO Mike Sommers.

Citgo Pipeline won the Distinguished Safety Award in the small operator category with CITGO President and CEO Carlos Jordá commenting on the importance of having safety ingrained throughout its corporate culture.

With this award we remain committed both to our own continuous improvement and to sharing best practices so that together with our peers we can make our industry even safer for our people and the environment,” Jordá said. “Our communities expect this and so do we.”

Colonial Pipeline won the distinguished pipeline safety award in the medium operator category. 

“This recognition is especially meaningful because it is awarded by our peers – and because it goes beyond safety performance to include the broader perspective of industry leadership, company President and CEO Joe Blount said.  Colonial’s holistic view on safety includes our dedication to day-to-day safe operations for our employees, our customers, the communities we serve, and the environment.

Marathon Pipe Line won the distinguished pipeline safety award in the large operator category. Company President Shawn Lyon pointed out that his employees focus on operating safe and reliable 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, which is what makes the difference.

“No matter what, even during this pandemic, they always answer the higher calling to be guardians of public safety. The safety of those in the communities where we operate – that’s at the heart of everything Marathon Pipe Line does,” Lyon said. “We’re truly honored by this recognition from our peers. There are so many excellent operators who helped select Marathon Pipe Line, and I’m humbled by their confidence in us.”

API represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry and has  than 600 members.

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