Pipeline Safety

Today’s natural gas pipelines are built to ensure the safe transport of natural gas for decades to come. We combine quality materials and proven technology, with high construction standards and a strict adherence to federal, state and local regulations.

  • For safety and integrity, epoxy-coated, high-grade steel is used to build the pipeline system.
  • To prevent corrosion and minimize leaks, each pipe has thick walls with additional protective coating.
  • X-rays of field welds are taken on-site to ensure the integrity of the welds after construction.
  • Hydrostatic testing uses high water pressure to verify that the pipeline is without defects.

Producers in the Barnett Shale also work closely with the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). These agencies employ specially trained and experienced professionals to inspect pipeline facilities and ensure all regulations are met.

Pad Site Safety

Barnett Shale producers also take many additional precautions to protect pad sites and the surrounding areas.

  • Valve sites are placed at specific intervals to ensure the gas can be easily shut off to a particular area.
  • In urban areas, high fences surround the pad site for added protection, safety and to prevent unauthorized access to the site.
  • All operators utilize a variety of highly sensitive instruments and controls to monitor pressure levels. If pressure levels become too high or too low, an automatic alarm will sound.
  • Every operator coordinates with all public safety officials to develop a comprehensive emergency response plan. In the unlikely event of an incident, strategies are in place to secure the area and move residents to a safe distance.