Partnering to Further Enhance Pipeline Safety in Communities through Risk-Informed Land Use Planning: Final Report of Recommended Practices   [open pdf - 5MB]

From the preface: "Over the past 70 years, a nationwide system of gathering, transmission, and distribution pipelines has been constructed to transport almost 100 percent of the natural gas and about 66 percent of the ton-miles of oil and refined petroleum products consumed in the United States. Many portions of the transmission pipelines were originally constructed in sparsely populated areas; subsequent growth has transformed some of these previously rural and sometimes remote areas into urban and suburban areas with housing subdivisions, shopping centers, and business parks. The goal of the Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA) is to reduce risks and improve the safety of affected communities and transmission pipelines through implementation of recommended practices related to risk-informed land use near transmission pipelines. The PIPA recommended practices describe actions that can be taken by key stakeholders relative to proposed changes in land use or new development adjacent to existing transmission pipelines. Local governments, property developers/owners, transmission pipeline operators, and state real estate commissions have key roles to enhance pipeline safety and ensure the protection of people, the environment and the pipeline infrastructure. [...] Approximately 130 stakeholder participants undertook the work to develop the PIPA recommended practices. The initial PIPA effort has resulted in recommended practices for local governments, property developers and owners, transmission pipeline operators, and real estate boards to be aware of and to implement as appropriate. PHMSA [Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration] plans to continue working with stakeholders to ensure that a sound implementation strategy is developed and that the PIPA recommended practices are communicated to and understood by those that need to adopt them."

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