Safety

Safety is a top priority for the Midship Project, where the goal is to have zero incidents. As a result, Midship designs its pipeline and facilities to align with leading industry practices and to meet U.S. federal codes and standards. Our strong commitment to safety is evident in the design phase and will continue during the construction, operations, and maintenance of the Midship Pipeline.

Pipeline Safety


Pipelines are the safest and most efficient means of transporting natural gas to consumers and businesses, according to National Transportation Safety Board statistics. In the United States – where natural gas provides about 24% of all energy used – more than 300,000 miles of natural gas transmission pipelines are in use every day, and more than 99% of gas has been transported safely.1

The Midship Pipeline has been designed with safety as a top priority. It includes design features and operating practices that will meet leading industry practices, regulatory safety standards, and our own comprehensive policies and management systems. Features and practices will include:

  • Remote-controlled shutoff valves monitored 24 hours a day
  • Monitoring and maintenance of the pipeline by qualified field technicians, including regular inspections with highly sophisticated internal inspection tools
  • 100% of pipeline welds will be inspected utilizing X-ray or ultrasonic techniques
  • Corrosion management to improve overall pipeline integrity

1 U.S. Department of Transportation, 2014 / http://www.ingaa.org/Pipelines101/Safety.aspx

Safe Construction and Operation

During construction, internal and third-party safety monitors will be on site to inspect the pipeline work area daily. These safety monitors will work with pipeline employees and contractors to identify and mitigate any potential safety issues before incidents occur. Once operational, Midship will monitor the pipeline facilities from a Gas Control center 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our trained controllers will work to ensure that the pipeline is operated safely, that scheduled deliveries are made, and that we are ready to respond quickly to any indication that facilities are not operating normally.

Multiple safety systems will be integrated into the pipeline, including alarms, pressure control equipment, SCADA controls, safety and emergency shutdown systems, and more. We will conduct regular visual inspections as well as continuous, real-time monitoring using state-of-the-art equipment in a Gas Control Center. Clear markings indicating the presence of the pipeline will be installed at road crossings, fence lines, additional areas, and the right-of-way over the pipeline, so that the markings are easily identifiable and meet regulatory requirements for inspection. Regular patrolling and pipeline integrity assessments will be conducted in accordance with U.S. Department of Transportation regulations and other regulatory requirements.

While accidents pertaining to pipelines and pipeline facilities are very rare, awareness of the location of nearby pipelines, their potential hazards, and appropriate responses to unauthorized activity can help minimize the number of accidents. A leading cause of pipeline incidents is third-party excavation damage. Pipeline operators are responsible for the safety and security of their respective pipelines. To help maintain the integrity of pipelines and their rights-of-way, it is essential that pipeline and facility neighbors protect against unauthorized excavations or other destructive activities and always call toll-free to the Okie One-Call Center at (800) 522-OKIE or 811 at least 48 hours before starting any digging work.

Emergency Response


To report a pipeline emergency, call 911 or your local first responders.

We will work with first responders and emergency response officials during and after the construction of the Midship Pipeline to support their prompt, efficient, effective, and safe response to any pipeline emergency. Our pipeline emergency toll-free line, (877) 375-1725, is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by our professional gas controllers, who have been trained in pipeline emergency response. In addition, Midship’s pipeline field technicians can be rapidly mobilized to respond on scene to pipeline emergencies, while our Houston technical support staff is available to provide centralized support.

We have reached out to first responders along the pipeline route to make them aware of the Midship project and build communication channels. To support first responders in their important work to keep their communities safe, in 2017 Midship announced a grant [link to economic impacts section] to 64 rural fire departments in communities along the pipeline route.

Our team provides emergency response officials in the project area with information about our emergency response plans and capabilities. If you are an emergency response official or first responder in an area near or around the Midship Pipeline and have questions regarding our emergency response capabilities, please contact us at midship@cheniere.com or (800) 214-7275.

Road Safety

Midship places a high priority on the safe operation of construction and other vehicles through all phases of the project. We understand the hazards associated with driving. We train our employees in safe driving practices, require our contractors to meet our standards for vehicle operation and maintain a zero mobile phone use policy while operating a vehicle or equipment. We are also developing a traffic management plan that details specific measures we will implement to minimize impacts on traffic, such as traffic control measures, emergency access management, a vehicle parking plan, and a communication plan for notifying emergency services personnel, school systems, and the public about the location and duration of road closures.

Because many Oklahoma communities are affected by energy development and transportation by multiple companies, Midship is a sponsor of and participant in Energize for Safety, a nonprofit coalition of community leaders, energy providers, and safety supporters who are committed to positively impacting driver safety in communities where we work, play, and live. The new organization is coordinating among the many stakeholders to focus on and support safe roads in energy-development areas within the state.

Employee and Contractor Safety Management


Midship has comprehensive systems for managing the safety of our workforce – both employees and contractors. Contractors’ safety management systems, policies, and performance records are among the most important factors we consider when selecting companies to perform our work, and we conduct site-specific orientation for both employees and contractors. During construction, we carry out frequent safety assessments, continuously looking for opportunities to make our work sites safer. Every worker on site is charged with being responsible for safety and has the obligation to stop work if unsafe conditions occur.

Advice for Landowners


If you are a farmer, rancher, or homeowner planning to dig on your property, please use the FERC landowner brochure as a reference and follow these important steps:

Call Before You Dig


Never guess where a pipeline is located. Call before you dig, because even relatively minor excavation activities like landscaping or fencing can cause damage to a pipeline, its protective casing, and/or buried utility lines. Always contact your state One-Call Center before engaging in any construction or digging activities on your property. In fact, most serious damage done to pipelines is done when a third party inadvertently excavates, blasts, or drills within a pipeline right-of-way.

Once the One-Call Center has been contacted, local pipeline and utility operators will come out to locate and properly mark their pipelines and utilities at your proposed excavation site to ensure that your digging will not interfere with the safe operation of the pipelines and utilities. By respecting the marked area and digging carefully, you’re helping to ensure public and environmental safety for you and your community.

In Oklahoma, all it takes is a free call to the Okie One-Call Center at (800) 522-OKIE or 811 at least 48 hours before starting any work.

Dig With Care


Pipeline companies work diligently to establish written agreements, or easements, with landowners to allow for ease of construction and maintenance when they cross private property. Rights-of-way are often recognizable as corridors that are clear of trees, buildings or other structures except for pipeline markers. Rights-of-way may not have markers clearly present and may only be indicated by cleared corridors of land, except where farmland or crops exist.

Encroachments upon a pipeline right-of-way inhibit the pipeline operator’s ability to reduce the chance of third-party damage. They also hinder the operator’s ability to provide right-of-way surveillance and perform routine maintenance, as well as the required federal and state inspections. In order to perform these critical activities, pipeline maintenance personnel must be able to easily and safely access the pipeline right-of-way, as well as the areas on either side of the pipeline. Keeping trees, shrubs, buildings, fences, structures, and any other encroachments well away from the pipeline ensures that pipeline integrity and safety are maintained.

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