Pipelines are the backbone of our nation’s energy infrastructure and play a critical role in safely transporting oil and natural gas vital to fueling our nation’s economy. Safety is the most important foundational pillar at Tallgrass – it permeates everything we do. We have a huge responsibility to protect and ensure the health and safety of our employees, the general public and the environment, and we take that obligation very seriously. We’re committed to the goal of zero unsafe behaviors.
First and foremost, we comply with all federal, state and local laws and regulations, and we meet and/or exceed industry standards and best practices. We continually train, educate and empower our employees in areas regarding pipeline safety, and we’re constantly nurturing a culture of continuous improvement. Every Tallgrass employee knows and understands the power of “See Something, Say Something,” and all employees are empowered to stop work if they see something that could be a safety risk.
Our pipelines are monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by highly trained and experienced personnel so we have real-time information regarding the safety and integrity of our system. We have emergency shut-down systems that can isolate anomalies anywhere on our system quickly and safely, and we work regularly with first responders – using tools such as tabletop exercises and hands-on mock drills – to ensure they are familiar with our assets and know what to do in the unlikely event of an emergency.
In addition to our routine inspections from the air, on the ground and inside the pipe itself we spend millions of dollars each year to maintain the safety and integrity of our pipelines. On an ongoing basis, we make it our business to explore new and emerging technologies to find ever more precise methods for evaluating and maintaining pipeline integrity.