API and LEPA Release Comprehensive CO2 Pipeline Safety Guide

(P&GJ) — Building on the oil and natural gas industry’s commitment to ensuring safe operations, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Liquid Energy Pipeline Association (LEPA) have released a carbon dioxide (CO2) pipeline safety tactical guide for pipeline operators and emergency response personnel.

CO2 pipelines have operated safely in the U.S. for decades, with thousands of miles of pipelines across the country. This guide, developed with input from the National Association of State Fire Marshals, helps operators advance a zero-incident safety culture by outlining best practices for CO2 pipeline safety and emergency preparedness. 

“While government data shows CO2 pipeline incidents are rare, this new tactical guide will help pipeline operators and first responders prepare in advance and respond to a CO2 pipeline release,” said LEPA President and CEO Andy Black.

Transporting carbon dioxide by pipeline for years has supported commercial and industrial uses from supplying carbonated beverages to fire extinguishers to inflatable life jackets. CO2 pipelines will now allow us to fight climate change by delivering captured CO2 emissions to permanent underground storage thereby avoiding impacts on the atmosphere.

As new CO2 pipeline systems are built, pipeline operators will share with first responders readiness tools like this tactical guide and online pipeline emergency response training funded by API and LEPA.

A copy of the full CO2 emergency response tactical guidance document is available here.

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