October 2015, Vol. 242, No. 10

Features

ANSI/API Recommended Practice 1173 Released; What Does It Means for Pipeline Safety?

On July 8, 2015, the American Petroleum Institute (API) released the first edition of ANSI/API Recommended Practice (RP) 1173 Pipeline Safety Management Systems. As an ANSI designated standards document, the RP became the national standard for pipeline safety management systems (PSMSs) in the U.S. Why is this document important for the public, state and federal regulators, and pipeline operators? Despite about 40 years of pipeline safety regulation and steady declines in significant pipeline incidents, too many accidents that have large impacts on the environment, the public and property continue to happen. In July 2012, NTSB, in its report on the crude oil release in Marshall, MI, made a

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