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Public Awareness

American Midstream invests substantial human and financial resources in efforts to ensure our systems’ integrity and the safety of our employees and the general public. We feel the best emergency response system begins with prevention and continuous monitoring. However, in the event of an emergency, we implement defined and tested response plans.

What does American Midstream do if a leak occurs?

American Midstream personnel and emergency responders are trained to protect life, property and facilities in the case of an emergency. As part of its response plan for potential pipeline leaks, American Midstream regularly communicates, plans, and trains with local emergency responders. Upon the notification of an incident or leak, American Midstream will immediately dispatch trained personnel to assist emergency responders.

American Midstream will also take steps to minimize the amount of product that leaks out and to isolate the pipeline emergency.

American Midstream’s control center may:

  • Stop or reduce the flow of product.
  • Dispatch pipeline emergency response personnel and equipment to the emergency site.
  • Inform you of any special precautionary recommendations.
  • Act as a liaison between emergency response agencies and pipeline company personnel.
  • Help bring the emergency to conclusion as quickly and safely as possible.

Emergency Response for Public Officials

As part of our comprehensive safety program, we communicate with the communities along our pipelines about safety. Our means of communication include public awareness meetings, call-before-you-dig programs, and clear and visible pipeline markers.

Emergency Response for Emergency Responders

American Midstream works closely with emergency response personnel to develop response plans in the event of an incident/accident occurring at or near one of our pipelines or facilities. The response plans are designed to prepare our employees to handle emergency situations involving our facilities. Communication and cooperation with local organizations are key components of the emergency response plans. American Midstream’s field locations regularly hold meetings with emergency responders to educate them on our operations.

Maintaining safety and integrity of pipelines

Pipeline companies invest significant time and capital maintaining the quality and integrity of their pipeline systems. Decisions you and your community make about land use may affect your safety. Most active pipelines are monitored 24 hours-a-day via manned control centers. Pipeline companies also utilize aerial surveillance and/or on-ground observers to identify potential dangers. Control center personnel continually monitor the pipeline system and assess changes in pressure and flow. They notify field personnel if there is a possibility of a leak. Automatic shut-off valves are sometimes utilized to isolate a leak.

Gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipeline companies have developed supplemental hazard and assessment programs known as Integrity Management Programs (IMPs). IMPs have been implemented for areas designated as “high consequence areas” in accordance with federal regulations. Specific information about a company’s program may be found on their Web site, or by contacting them directly.

National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS)

To view and download maps of transmission pipelines in your county, see the National Pipeline Mapping System website, npms.phmsa.dot.gov. This online platform is used by government officials, pipeline operators, and the general public for a variety of tasks including emergency response, smart growth planning, critical infrastructure protection, and environmental protection.