|The pipeline will be operated under the strenuous guidelines and standards of Plains Pipeline and in compliance with all local, state and federal requirements. Operating requirements include pipeline inspections, pipeline leak surveys, and cathodic protection maintenance, all conducted in accordance with DOT requirements and following Plains Pipeline’s internal requirements.
Operation and maintenance of the pipeline would include periodic patrols of the pipeline corridor and corrosion/leak detection surveys to detect conditions that may endanger the integrity of the pipeline. All valves, regulators, meters, and corrosion control test stations would also be inspected regularly.
Plains Pipeline will maintain records of operation and maintenance activities, including any testing, replacements, repairs, and modifications performed. Pipeline markers and signs would be inspected and maintained or replaced, as necessary, to ensure that the pipeline location is visible from the ground.
Pipeline and ancillary facilities will be operated and maintained in accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR 195) and all other applicable federal and state regulations. Plains Pipeline will prepare and follow a manual of written procedures for the proposed facilities operation and maintenance activities and for emergency response. The manual would include procedures for operations, maintenance, and repair; controlling corrosion; recording construction and operating history; data gathering for reporting incidents, startup and shut down procedures; and periodic review to determine effectiveness and adequacy of operation and maintenance procedures.
Pipeline pressure would be continuously monitored through Plains Pipeline’s supervisory control and data acquisition system. GO TO SCADA Routine maintenance would be conducted to facilitate periodic surveys to detect leaks and monitor corrosion, to evaluate slope and soil stability and revegetation success, and to control noxious weeds and sedimentation.