Health & Safety
Safety is our first priority. Rangeland is fully committed to a "zero incident" culture that not only meets but exceeds the highest safety standards. We are dedicated to maintaining a safe and injury-free workplace by implementing at all of our facilities best-practice standards that protect the public and our employee. We ensure that our operations are as safe as possible and maintain the operational integrity of our pipelines and terminal facilities.
Pipelines are one of the safest, most reliable and efficient ways to transport crude oil, natural gas and related products. They exist almost everywhere throughout the United States. Typically buried underground, they are an essential part of the nation’s infrastructure, transporting the energy we depend on every day to heat our homes, generate electricity, cook our food, fuel our automobiles and provide vital feedstock for many of the products we use every day.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, less than one one-hundredth of one percent (.01 percent) of all transportation accidents in the U.S. are related to pipelines. Pipeline safety is regulated by the United States Department of Transportation and by designated state agencies. It is important to know where pipelines are located in your community and how to recognize the signs of a possible leak. The National Pipeline Mapping System provides up-to-date information on pipeline locations across the country by state, city and even zip code. Pipelines are marked by aboveground signs to provide an indication of their presence, location, product carried and the name and contact information of the company that operates the pipeline. These markers are usually red, black or yellow.
Detecting A Leak:
- The best way to detect a possible pipeline spill or leak is to use sight, smell and sound. A spill or leak may exist if:
- You see dead or discolored vegetation that is otherwise green along a pipeline right of way (ROW).
- You see pools of liquid not otherwise usually present.
- You see a cloud of vapor or mist not otherwise usually present along the pipeline ROW.
- You smell an unusual odor or scent of petroleum along a pipeline ROW.
- You hear an unusual hissing or roaring sound along a pipeline ROW.
If you suspect or recognize a leak you should take the following actions:
- Leave the leak area immediately. Walk into the wind and away from possible hazardous fumes.
- Do not touch, breathe or make contact with leaking liquids.
- Do not light a match, start an engine, use a telephone (even a cell phone), switch on/off light switches or do anything that may create a spark.
- From a safe location, call 911 or your local emergency response number and the pipeline company. Provide your name, phone number, a description of the leak and its location.
- Warn others.
- Do not drive into a leak or vapor cloud area.
Call Before You Dig
Excavation is the single largest cause of damage to the nation’s pipeline system. It accounts for nearly 40 percent of all accidental spills. You can help maintain the integrity of the pipeline system and prevent accidents by using the nationwide Call Before You Dig service, available by calling 811. Anyone who will be digging or excavating using mechanized equipment — commercial contractors, road maintenance crews, telephone pole installers, fence builders, landscape companies or homeowners who may be digging a drainage ditch, installing a fence or building an addition — can make one telephone call to give notice of their plans to dig in a specific area.
The 811 center then acts as a clearinghouse to inform the owners and operators of underground facilities so that they can go out and mark their facilities, usually within 48 or 72 hours.