What happens when a pipeline bursts? – Lena

Transmission pipeline operators are committed to preventing leaks and spills from happening in the first place. But they are always prepared for an emergency. That preparation includes thorough emergency response plans for each pipeline they operate, and outlines the specific steps and procedures for shutting the pipeline down, responding to the incident, protecting the public and worker safety, and cleaning up the environment.

You can find a detailed explanation of how pipeline operators respond to an emergency here, but the steps to responding to an emergency look like this:

  1. Shutting the pipeline down immediately
  2. Putting the emergency response plan is put into action. These plans are designed to address a wide range of emergency scenarios, identify potential hazards to the public and the environment, and outline the process of handling the emergency. This step ensures the safety of the public and workers.
  3. Mobilizing first responders
  4. Bringing in emergency response equipment and additional crews to clean up the area. Clean up is done until the regulator approves the area to be sufficiently restored. Environmental specialists will be brought in as needed as well.
  5.  Determining the cause of the incident
  6. Taking responsibility for the liability of the spill