With pipeline safety as our top priority, we offer the following helpful information:
Pipelines in Your Community
Pipelines are installed in a right-of-way or an easement through property. It is vital for the safe operation [of the pipeline] that the company has access to the pipeline, free of obstructions. Access is needed for required maintenance and surveillance. Landowners and tenants have an obligation not to place buildings, fences, trees, shrubs, or other obstructions on the pipeline right-of-way. Contact the pipeline company if you have questions, or if you are planning improvements to your property near a pipeline.
How to Tell Where a Pipeline is Located
Because pipelines are buried underground, markers are used to indicate their approximate locations along the route. The markers display the material transported in the line, the name of the pipeline operator, and a telephone number where the operator can be reached in the event of an emergency.
How to Recognize a Pipeline Leak and Actions to be Taken if You Suspect a Leak
Pipeline leaks can be recognized using three of the five senses: sight, sound, and smell. If you suspect a leak, most importantly, turn off any equipment and leave the area as quickly as possible.
Public Awareness and Emergency Preparedness
Targa’s Public Awareness Program is focused on educating the public on pipeline safety and product storage. Our company participates in and allocates the necessary resources to develop, implement and manage the Public Awareness Program. Our safety brochures are mailed regularly to those who live and/or work near our pipelines and/or storage facilities, emergency responders, public officials, excavators, and farmers. We meet routinely with public officials, including emergency responders and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC), to discuss the specific hazards posed by our facilities and operations and collaboratively determine an appropriate emergency response for specific situations. The objectives of the program are to:
- Raise awareness of key stakeholders of the presence of pipelines in their communities;
- Educate those who live or work near our pipelines and our storage facilities to recognize and properly react to a pipeline leak or emergency;
- Help excavators understand the steps they can take to prevent damage and to respond safely and promptly should their actions cause damage to our facilities;
- Better educate the affected public, emergency officials, local public officials, and other key groups about our organization’s emergency response and key safety procedures in the unlikely event of an operating incident; and
- Help emergency response agencies better understand the safe and proper actions to take to respond to a release or emergency.
We continue to enhance processes and safeguards to prevent incidents. However, if an incident does occur, we are ready to respond safely and effectively and work together with local first-response agencies and regional and national authorities. In some areas of concentrated industrial activity, Targa is a member of mutual aid networks that provide trained personnel and equipment to supplement and aid Targa’s responders. These networks include local public first responders.
Targa maintains an emergency preparedness and response framework. We regularly test and continuously improve our emergency response tactics and plans with local first responders and emergency management and government officials. We review our emergency management programs across our businesses to confirm they are functioning as intended and identify opportunities for continual improvement. In the event of an incident, our employees and contractors are properly trained and equipped to undertake a safe, rapid, and effective response.
Each Targa facility conducts emergency response drills. Where public first responders are likely to respond in the event of a real emergency, public responders are invited to participate in these drills. Targa undertakes an evaluation of these drills to identify where improvements or procedural changes may be warranted. In addition to these drills, each facility routinely conducts “table-top” exercises to discuss real and/or potential incidents and discuss the appropriate response.