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Paradigm pipeline safety program scheduled next week

September 22, 2012
By Casey Houser Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

The annual Paradigm pipeline safety program is set to take place in Buckhannon at 5:30 p.m. Monday and in Elkins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The meetings are just two in a series of programs that will take place across the state. They are completed in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations 192.615 and 195.403.

CFR 192.615 declares written procedures should be established to minimize hazards in the case of a pipeline emergency. These procedures must include a listing of situations that need to be attended to when an emergency occurs; a list of appropriate means of communication with public officials such as police; and specific notices that address gas, fire, explosions and natural disasters.

CFR 195.403 declares the type of training that must be given to operating and maintenance personnel. This includes training on emergency procedures, hazardous material characteristics and the recognition of conditions that are likely to lead to emergencies, among other provisions.

Both CFR regulations will be covered at the safety program. Other items on the agenda include pipeline purpose and reliability, safety initiatives such as pipeline location and maintenance, defining high-consequence areas, damage prevention and animated scenarios.

Pipeline safety is an issue that affects both professionals and laypersons. Information that reaches the public can arrive in the form of pipeline markers. These markers can indicate areas of pipeline operation.

Recognition of these markers is laid out in an associated brochure distributed by 811. The brochure covers the basic ideas behind pipeline markers and discusses facts concerning pipelines within the community. Safety and recognition also is addressed through a listing of visual, auditory and olfactory cues, which can lead to detection of a pipe break. There also are instructions concerning what to do - and what not to do - when a break is found.

Signs of a break can manifest in liquid on the ground, vapor clouds, hissing sounds and the odor of oil and gas.

If a leak is found, evacuation of the area and contacting emergency responders and the pipeline company is recommended.

There are several official sponsors of the Paradigm safety program. They are Big Sandy Gas Co., Cabot Oil and Gas Corp., Chesapeake Midstream, Columbia Gas Transmission, Cranberry Pipeline Corp., Dominion Hope, Dominion Transmission Inc., Energy Corporation Of America, Energy Transfer, Enterprise Products Operating LLC, EQT, Equitable Gas, Eureka Hunter Pipeline LLC, Hampshire Gas Co., Marathon Pipe Line LLC, MarkWest Ranger Pipeline Co. LLC, MarkWest Liberty Midstream and Resources LLC, Mountaineer Gas Co., PDC Mountaineer, Quality Natural Gas LLC, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., Texas Eastern Transmission, LP/Spectra Energy, Union Carbide Corp., Union Oil and Gas, XTO Energy Inc. and Mountain Gathering.

Further information about 811 is available at

More information about Paradigm and the safety program can be found at or by calling 877-477-1162.

Contact Casey Houser by email at



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