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Pipeline Safety

Fuel Pipline Safety at TransMontaigne

State One Call Information

Pipeline Integrity Management

TransMontaigne Partners L.P., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates approximately 140 miles of DOT jurisdictional liquid pipelines as defined in Title 49CFR Part 195,"Transportation of Hazardous Liquids by Pipeline". These pipelines are located in Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Texas and Virginia.

All of these pipeline systems are monitored in TransMontaigne's Volume Control Center located in Atlanta, GA.

Download the TransMontaigne Pipeline Safety Brochure here.

INTEGRITY PROGRAM GOALS

Our pipeline integrity management program is designed to maintain the structural integrity of our pipelines. The mission of the pipeline integrity program is to prevent and mitigate any risk and to properly protect all High Consequence Areas ("HCAs"). This program integrates all available information and data in a structured approach to prevent leaks that could impact HCAs. The pipeline systems operated by TransMontaigne are described in the following table:

Active Pipeline Systems

 
System Name Length (miles) Products Transported State
Razorback 67 Refined Products AR, MO
MB 17 Refined Products TX
Pinebelt 34 Refined Products MS
Bellemeade 1 Refined Products VA
Diamondback 18 LPG TX

State One Call Centers

Because pipelines must cross property to deliver products over long distances, the pipeline has many neighbors. Pipelines cross creeks and rivers, highways and roads, farmers’ fields, parks, and may be close to homes, businesses or other community centers. To protect the communities, pipeline neighbors, sensitive environmental areas, as well as the pipeline itself, the pipeline industry and other operators of underground utilities joined together in creating notification centers that are used by anyone preparing to conduct work close to the pipeline.

These centers are called one-call centers which serve as the clearinghouse for excavation activities that are planned close to pipelines and other underground utilities. One-call centers help to protect 911 emergency telephone service, underground power lines, water and sewer pipes and energy pipelines.

The one-call programs work like this. A call center is set up so that anyone who will be digging or excavating using mechanized equipment-- commercial contractors, road maintenance crews, telephone pole installers, fence builders, landscape companies, or home owners (to name just a few) -- can make one telephone call to give notice of their plans to dig in a specific area 48 and sometimes up to 72 hours prior to any excavation activity.

The center then acts as a clearinghouse to inform the owners and operators of underground utilities in the area identified in the work plan so they can mark their facilities (using spray paint on the surface directly above the facility and  placement of flags identifying the type of underground service).

The person undertaking the project must wait the specified time during which the marking of the facilities is accomplished before commencing the project. Everyone has to cooperate so the project can be completed as planned and the underground utilities are marked and protected during the work.

Energy pipelines are especially concerned about excavation around a pipeline since the release of petroleum or natural gas can have devastating results.

One-call programs are organized and operated at the state level and are generally governed by state law although they are normally not supported by tax dollars. One-call centers are funded by the owners of underground facilities in that state, usually on a per call basis.

Some people mistakenly believe that they don't need to contact a one-call center because they think they can tell the precise location of a pipeline by drawing a straight line between right-of-way marker signs. This is a myth for two main reasons:

  • Right-of-way markers along a pipeline route or at a grade crossing only show the approximate location of a pipeline because the right-of-way they are marking is much wider than the pipeline. Thus, the markers are not always located precisely over a line. (Nor do the markers indicate the depth of the line.)
  • A pipeline may curve or make an angle underground as it runs between markers in order to avoid some natural or manmade feature such as a historical site or another underground facility such as a television cable.

Using the one-call system when digging around an energy pipeline, or any other underground feature, is the only way to determine the true location of a pipeline. Even after the area has been marked, any digging around the marks should be carefully conducted to precisely locate the facility.

Notification requirements may vary from State to State.

 

Arkansas One Call

http://www.arkonecall.com/

Power of Partnership

It begins with a call to AOC before you dig, and ends with everyone remaining safe and productive. Damage prevention is no accident and it's accomplished through the concept of partnership. With everyone on the same page, all working together to achieve their individual goals but all focused on one common theme: safety and damage prevention. Following the simple tasks below can be the difference between a job well done and disaster.

The Excavator

  • Call AOC to submit your locate request. Provide accurate information and white mark your dig site
  • Renew your locate request if your work will continue past 20 working days or if the marks are no longer clearly visible.
  • Always allow for a clear and productive communication with utilities and DPS.

The Utility or DPS

  • Accurately mark the center line of your facilities.
  • Strive to mark your facilities in a timely manner and communicate in a timely manner when an issue arises.

Everyone

  • Meet in advance to establish communications and coordination on large projects.
  • Provide regular status updates and coordinate weekly work schedules so that the utilities and locators can work with the excavator to keep the marks fresh.
  • Attend Damage Prevention Alliance (DPA) meetings to share information and resolve issues with others in your area.

 

Mississippi One Call

http://www.ms1call.org/

Missouri One Call

http://www.mo1call.com/index.php

 

Planning to Excavate?

Missouri law requires that a locate request be placed before beginning any excavation. 

Placing a locate request is free and easy! Call 1-800-DIG-RITE (800-344-7483) or 811 or place your request online using Internet Ticketing.

The utilities should respond to your request within 3 working days by:

  • Marking the approximate location of their facilities or 
  • Notifying you that they have no facilities in your dig site area. 

 

Texas One Call

http://www.texas811.org/

 

It's FREE. It's EASY. It's the LAW! 

These simple steps may be the most important you ever take:

1. Contact us by calling 811 or using GeoRemote or eLOCATE at least 2 working days before you dig.

Tell us about your project including location and what is being done, as well as all necessary instructions to make sure the right area gets marked. We accept GPS coordinates if provided along with detailed driving directions.

2. We Notify Member Facility Operators

Texas811 will tell you which facility operators will be notified about your excavation near their underground lines.

We will provide you with a reference number that serves as a proof of your call. We also keep a complete record of your call to verify your compliance with the law.

3. The Facility Operators Respond by marking their buried lines or other response.

Facility operators will mark their underground lines, as they determine necessary, and you will be able to work safely without delay. Marking Examples

4. Your excavation project proceeds safely.

Begin your project knowing that you are utilizing safe excavation practices while preserving vital services, protecting property and saving lives!

Know what's below... call before you dig!

 

Virginia One Call

http://va811.com/

 

Virginia 811 is the free “one call” Virginia communications center for excavators, contractors, property owners, and those planning any kind of excavation (digging) or demolition. We notify participating utilities of the upcoming excavation work so they can locate and mark their underground facilities in advance to prevent possible damage to underground utility lines, injury, property damage and service outages.

Calling before you dig is a simple step, but one that can make your construction, planting or home improvement project safer while preventing utility outages that can be inconvenient or even dangerous for your neighbors.

In addition, calling 811 before you dig is the LAW.

You may know us as Virginia Utility Protection Service (VUPS) or Miss Utility.  We are a non-profit organization functioning for the safety and benefit of everyone in our community. While our name has changed over time, our purpose has remained constant: To keep you, your friends and neighbors safe by helping you avoid buried power, sewer, gas and water lines.

 

Common Ground Alliance

Damage Prevention is a Shared Responsibility



The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) is a member-driven association dedicated to ensuring public safety, environmental protection, and the integrity of services by promoting effective damage prevention practices.    In recent years, the association has established itself as the leading 

organization in an effort to reduce damages to all underground facilities in North America through shared responsibility among all stakeholders.

In promoting a spirit of shared responsibility, the CGA welcomes all stakeholders who would like to be a part of the identification and promotion of best practices that lead to a reduction in damage. Any “best practices,” endorsed by the CGA come with consensus support from experts representing the following stakeholder groups:   Excavators, Locators, Road Builders, Electric, Telecommunications, Oil, Gas Distribution, Gas Transmission, Railroad, One Call, Public Works, Equipment Manufacturing, State Regulators, Insurance, Emergency Services and Engineering/Design. 

Since inception, the CGA has grown to over 1,400 individual members, 180 member organizations, and 44 sponsors. 

TransMontaigne is an active member of the Common Ground Alliance.

Download the TransMontaigne Pipeline Safety Brochure here.

 
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