Pipeline Security

People rarely consider the journey fuel takes before reaching the end-user.

Airplanes can’t fly, cars can’t take us to our jobs, buses can’t get children to school, and ambulances can’t respond to calls without transportation of fuel. Petroleum pipelines provide a safe method of transporting and delivering the gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, kerosene, and home heating oil we rely on every day.

Because pipelines are usually buried, most people don’t see or think about them. Those who do are usually unaware of strategies to ensure safe operation. The location of the majority of pipeline systems several feet underground makes them less vulnerable to attack than other facilities. Buckeye regularly patrols the pipeline to rule out unsafe activity.

Buckeye uses steel pipelines, and applies a protective coating and electrical current to the pipeline to prevent corrosion.  Our pipelines are buried under fields, yards, streets, or in road or railroad corridors. 

The use of advanced computers and SCADA systems (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) is a key aspect of safe pipeline operation. SCADA systems are designed to detect abnormal operating conditions, such as an unexpected change in pipeline flow rate or pressure. Upon detection, the process of shutting the pipeline down would immediately commence and well-trained Buckeye employees and, if needed, police and fire fighters would respond to the problem area.

Petroleum pipelines such as Buckeye’s are regulated by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration – United States Department of Transportation and various state agencies. Regulatory organizations routinely inspect pipeline facilities and examine operating and personnel records to ensure safe conditions and compliance with requirements.

Buckeye’s pipelines are a vital, protected component of our country’s transportation infrastructure. We are proud to safely deliver the products that fuel our nation.

Additional information on pipeline security and what you can do to help keep pipelines safe is available in Good Neighbors – a cooperative effort for pipeline neighbors that was prepared by Buckeye and the Transportation Security Administration. It can be downloaded by clicking here or the image to the right.

Be a good neighbor – Report unusual or suspicious activity near pipeline facilities.

Be aware of the following:
• People acting suspiciously near pipeline facilities
• People in or loitering near places they do not belong
• A strong odor coming from a building or vehicle
• Fluid leaking from a vehicle, other than the engine or gas tank
• People recording or monitoring activities or showing unusual interest in pipeline facilities
• People taking photos or notes of pipeline facilities

When reporting suspicious activity be sure to describe:
• What happened • Where it happened
• How many people were involved • When it occurred

When reporting a person include personal characteristics like:
• Age • Gender • Hair color/length
• Height/weight • Build • Race
• Facial Features • Clothing • Tattoos

When reporting a vehicle include vehicle features such as:
• Vehicle make, model and color
• Licence plate number and state
• Bumper stickers
• Body damage

If it does not look right, it probably is not. Report it to your pipeline company neighbor!