Pipeline Performance Report Shows Pipeline Safety Improved Over the Last 5 Years

American Petroleum Institute, May 15, 2020

The American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Association of Oil Pipelines (AOPL) have released the 2019 Pipeline Safety Excellence Performance Report and 2020-2022 Strategic Plan. The report details how liquid pipeline incidents impacting people or the environment have decreased 36 percent over the last 5 years, while pipeline mileage increased nearly 10 percent and barrels delivered increased nearly 35 percent.

Pipelines are the safest and most environmentally friendly way of transporting the energy Americans rely on every day,” said API Pipeline Manager David Murk. “This year’s report highlights our industry’s strong commitment to safety and reliability, showing significant reductions in total incidents while we continue to reliably and efficiently deliver the energy that keeps working families, small businesses and first responders moving.

"While pipeline operators are proud they are reducing the number of pipeline incidents, they are working hard to decrease them even further," said Andy Black, AOPL President and CEO, referring to the pipeline safety improvement strategic plan accompanying the performance report. 

This year’s performance report highlights positive safety trends in key categories identified by federal and state regulators, public safety advocates, and industry:

  • Total liquid incidents impacting people or the environment decreased 36 percent over the last five years, while total pipeline incidents were down 17 percent.
  • Pipeline incidents impacting people or the environment caused by corrosion, cracking or weld failure decreased 50 percent over the last five years.
  • Pipeline incidents impacting people or the environment caused by equipment failure were down 15 percent over the last five years.
  • Over the same timeframe, liquid pipeline mileage has increased nearly 10 percent, including a 20 percent increase in crude oil pipelines, while total barrels delivered increased 35 percent from 2014.

The performance data presented by this report is government-collected data on pipeline incidents made publicly available by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Each year, API and AOPL download PHMSA incident data to analyze where pipeline operators are making progress and to focus upcoming industry-wide safety improvement efforts. Those findings guide the accompanying three-year strategic plan for pipeline safety improvement.

The 2020-2022 Strategic Plan accompanying the Performance Report describes industry-wide safety improvement efforts over the next three years that will promote organizational excellence, harness technology and innovation, increase stakeholder awareness and engagement, and improve emergency response preparedness.

The 2019 API-AOPL Pipeline Safety Excellence Performance Report and 2020-2022 Strategic Plan is available on the API and AOPL's websites.

To read the full report, CLICK HERE.

About API

API represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 600 members produce, process, and distribute most of the nation’s energy. The industry supports 10.9 million U.S. jobs and is backed by a growing grassroots movement of millions of Americans. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization. In its first 100 years, API has developed more than 700 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.

About AOPL

AOPL represents liquids pipeline owners and operators transporting crude oil, petroleum products like gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, home heating oil and industrial products like propane and ethane.

Comments and Discussion

There are no comments yet.

Add a Comment

Please log in or register to participate in comments and discussions.

Inspectioneering Journal

Explore over 20 years of articles written by our team of subject matter experts.

Company Directory

Find relevant products, services, and technologies.

Training Solutions

Improve your skills in key mechanical integrity subjects.

Case Studies

Learn from the experience of others in the industry.


Inspectioneering's index of mechanical integrity topics – built by you.

Industry News

Stay up-to-date with the latest inspection and asset integrity management news.


Read short articles and insights authored by industry experts.

Expert Interviews

Inspectioneering's archive of interviews with industry subject matter experts.

Event Calendar

Find upcoming conferences, training sessions, online events, and more.


Downloadable eBooks, Asset Intelligence Reports, checklists, white papers, and more.

Videos & Webinars

Watch educational and informative videos directly related to your profession.


Commonly used asset integrity management and inspection acronyms.