Safety benefits

Safety, for both the public and our personnel, is the No. 1 priority for pipeline operators. While pipelines deliver 99.999 percent of crude oil and petroleum products safely to their destination, pipeline operators take a proactive approach to safety, performing preventative maintenance on their pipelines and facilities, watching over their systems 24/7 and being ready to respond rapidly and effectively to an incident if one were to occur.  

Fast facts: 

  • A barrel of crude oil or petroleum products reaches its destination safely by pipeline 99.999 percent of the time. 
  • A moderate size pipeline can transport the equivalent of hundreds of tanker trucks a day, reducing road traffic. 
  • Total deliveries by pipeline of petroleum products and crude oil rose 31 percent since 2013.
  • Total incidents impacting the public or the environment declined 19 percent since 2013.
  • Incidents caused by corrosion are down approximately 31 percent since 2013; and incidents caused by pipe weld or seam failure are down approximately 60 percent.
 Additional industry safety performance data is available from the American Petroleum Institute and Association of Oil Pipelines and the videos     below: