Pipelines have a proven safety record, with more than 2 million miles of natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines in the U.S. Access meets or exceeds regulatory safety requirements, in many cases designing, installing and maintaining our pipelines to more stringent standards than required by federal or state regulations.
After our pipelines become operational, we conduct periodic ground patrols or aerial inspections of the pipeline rights-of-way (narrow strips of land leased and reserved for the pipeline) to locate possible leaks, encroachments, excavation activities or other potential threats to safety along the pipeline route.
We also identify the locations of our pipelines with prominent markers along rights-of-way and at other locations. These safety signs display the type of product being transported, our name and a 24-hour emergency line. However, these markers are NOT intended to show the exact location, depth or number of pipelines located within the right-of-way.
In the event of an emergency on an Access pipeline or at one of our facilities, call 855-427-2875 and 9-1-1.
Interstate natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines are highly regulated at the federal level by a number of agencies, primarily for public safety by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). However, safety regulations for intrastate pipelines are usually enforced by a state governmental agency, such as a public service commission or a utilities commission.