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Pipeline training program presented

Pipeline training program presented
Instructor Mark Courtney of Paradigm Liaison Ser-vices of Wichita, Kan., presented his program on Pipeline Emergency Response and Damage Prevention Training for area personnel at Ponotoc Park in Fulton recently.
About 14 local agencies were represented by 53 personnel. The training program, including a catered meal by Southern Red’s Bar B Que of Pilot Oak, Ky., was provided by the pipeline operators of Kentucky. There were seven pipeline operators in attendance.
There are over 2.4 million miles of pipelines in the United States, including many in Fulton County and the surrounding area. These pipelines include liquid production lines; gathering and transmission lines; gas production, gathering, storage and transmission lines; and gas distribution lines. The pipelines transport 65 percent of the nation’s energy, including 20 million barrels of liquid products used daily and 21 trillion cubic feet of natural gas used annually.
Transmission pipelines are made of steel covered with a protective coating and buried underground where they quietly and efficiently deliver a multitude of products throughout the nation.
Pipelines are installed, tested and maintained to rigorous standards to protect the products, the environment and the citizenry.
The major risk to this critical national infrastructure is excavation related activities by homeowners, farmers, excavators and developers.
Each year millions of dollars in property damage, personal injuries, even loss of life occur because of careless digging, boring and blasting when underground facilities are not located prior to excavating.
In Kentucky call “811” or 1-800-752-6007 to request a “locate” from every member company in the proximity of the proposed dig site. This simple precaution can save time, money, costly lawsuits and dramatically reduce accidental pipeline emergencies.
Published in The Messenger 7.7.10

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