Commitment to Safety
Sunoco Pipeline L.P. is fully committed to the safe, environmentally sound and efficient operation of our pipeline systems. This commitment is enhanced by increasing public awareness and understanding of pipeline locations and operations.
Public Awareness Program
We strive to enhance public safety and environmental protection by increasing public awareness and knowledge of pipelines. Through our public awareness programs, our goal is to raise the awareness of the general public and other key stakeholders about the presence of our pipelines in your community and to increase the understanding of the important role of pipelines. This outreach includes a mailer to all neighbors — including residents, businesses, churches, schools and other addresses — within 1,000 feet on either side of our pipelines. It also is sent to excavators with an address within a 7.5-mile radius of the pipeline. Similar mailings are sent to public officials including all governments within the county through which the project traverses, plus those within a 10-mile proximity, and emergency officials within the same area.
Pipeline operators must develop and implement a written continuing public education program that follows the guidance provided in the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Recommended Practice (RP) 1162, which has been incorporated by reference into the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Our outreach and communications to stakeholders in the project area meet all federal requirements and are consistent with industry standards.
Our public awareness program is directed at all stakeholder groups that interact with our pipelines. These stakeholder groups include:
- General Public – residents that live on or near our pipelines
- Schools – please click here to visit an external site on energy facts
- Businesses and places of congregation near the pipeline
- Agricultural businesses
- Local Officials
- Emergency Responders
- Excavators, Contractors and Land Developers
Please click here to visit the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website to learn more about the above stakeholder groups.
We believe that a more informed public will play a significant role in helping to prevent accidents that are caused by third-party damage to pipelines and dangerous encroachments on pipeline right-of-way.
By following the links below, you can learn about pipeline safety and our commitment to our neighbors, the environment and to worker safety.
- Pipeline Integrity – Learn more about how we assess and monitor the integrity of our pipeline systems.
- Pipeline Safety – Learn about how we protect our pipelines, and what you need to know about living near or working around underground pipelines.
- Right-of-Way – Learn about our right-of-way, what it means for land development and improvements and the kind of maintenance we perform.
Under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Incident Management System, we provide Incident Command System training to critical employees and have established written emergency procedures for a variety of emergency situations. Through the use of a unified incident command system, company personnel, contractors and representatives from government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, can work successfully together in response to all types of events.
Call Before You Dig
State law requires you to call 811 at least 72 hours before you plan to dig. Your local State One-Call Center will let you know if there are any buried utilities in the area and the utility companies will be notified to identify and clearly mark the location of their lines at no cost to you. Don’t ever assume you know where the underground utilities are located.
One of the greatest single challenges to safe pipeline operations is the accidental damage caused by excavation, construction, farming activities, or even homeowner household maintenance.
Four important steps can help prevent undesired consequences:
- Call before you dig
- Wait the required amount of time
- Respect pipeline markers
- Dig with care