OKIE 811 and Oklahoma Pipeline Awareness Liaison partnered Wednesday to present a safety day for area emergency responders, utilities, oil and gas companies, and municipal and county personnel at Chisholm Trail Expo Center.
About 85 people attended the event, which featured presentations, static displays and a simulated gas line release.
The pipeline response classes covered information about pipelines, product properties, response information and local pipeline operators’ contact information for first responders.
Attendees also got to experience a mock natural gas line strike showing what happens when a natural gas line is struck by mechanized digging equipment, and what steps need to be taken in the immediate aftermath. The demonstration was assisted by Enid police and fire departments, Life EMS.
“Striking a natural gas line is not something anyone wants to take lightly,” says Bryce Minor, liaison coordinator with Enertech. “Should it happen, you literally have only seconds to make decisions that could save your life. As partners in safety, pipeline companies value the unique skills and expertise of the emergency responders. Working through this scenario, we all gain hands-on experience and learn from each other in the process.”
Mock Line Strike is a collaboration between Enertech and Texas811. It covers a complete excavation lifecycle from making the one-call, line locating, proper excavation tactics, line strike and emergency operator response to the line strike.
Enertech specializes in API RP 1162, CFR 192 and CFR 195 public awareness, damage prevention and integrity management programs for natural gas distribution, gas transmission, gas gathering and hazardous liquid pipeline companies. Innovation. Service. Experience. These are the driving forces behind the services, programs and products Enertech provides.
Okie811 provides contractors, homeowners and others who may be excavating, digging or trenching with a single toll free number to call for locating and marking underground facilities. Just call 811 to be connected and begin the free service. Those planning to dig can also visit www.okie811.org
Oklahoma Pipeline Awareness Liaison is a member organization of pipeline operators dedicated to promoting pipeline safety and awareness in our state. Communicating with emergency responders, excavators, public officials and schools, OPAL shares the basics of pipeline safety including damage prevention, leak recognition, response and reporting.
Others represented at the event included: Enable Midstream Partners, Oklahoma Natural Gas, OG&E, Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Utilities Employees Credit Union, AirMedCare and OSU ATV safety.