The Dakota Access pipeline will be monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year by full-time operations maintenance staff. Additionally, the pipeline will include automated valve technology that will automatically close if a problem is detected. Energy Transfer will also provide the towns the means to train first responders, on the chance of an emergency.
By using materials and equipment that meet or exceed industry standards, the Dakota Access Pipeline will be constructed to meet or exceed federal and state safety requirements. The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), which is a branch of the U.S. Department of Transportation, is the lead federal agency responsible for ensuring the safety of the design, construction, operation and maintenance, and spill response for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Additionally, Energy Transfer holds their pipelines to a standard that exceeds state and federal regulations. We install special regulation devices to prevent pipeline pressure from exceeding safe limits and created an emergency shutdown system to immediately and safely shutdown compressor systems. We also perform routine ground and aerial leak inspections about every 10 days, when federal rules only require these inspections 26 times per year.