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API Report on Pipeline Safety, Low-Carbon Future


The American Petroleum Institute (API), in collaboration with the Liquid Energy Pipeline Association (LEPA), has released a new report outlining the pipeline industry’s safety improvement performance data.

The organization also reports that safe and responsible build-out of pipelines will be critical to transporting low-carbon solutions like carbon capture, hydrogen, and cleaner fuels like renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel.

The findings reveal:

  • Total pipeline incidents decreased 23 percent over the past five years, with 87 fewer incidents in 2023 compared to 2019, and liquids pipeline incidents impacting people or the environment decreased seven percent.
  • Operations and maintenance incidents impacting people or the environment declined 54 percent between 2019 and 2023.
  • Total equipment failure incidents impacting people or the environment decreased 50 percent between 2019 and 2023.

“With a goal of zero operating incidents, pipeline operators are devoted to continuous improvement,” API-LEPA pipeline safety excellence steering committee chair and president of ExxonMobil Pipeline Company Steven Yatauro said. “One area of focus has been pipeline operators’ commitment to improving meaningful public and community engagement, resulting in the development of a first-of-its-kind industry-recommended practice for pipeline public engagement.”

Access the report via API’s website.

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