Companies take certain steps to maintain the integrity of their pipelines to minimize the risks and consequences of having a pipeline failure that could impact High Consequence Areas (HCAs).
- High population areas
- Areas containing drinking water and ecological resources that are unusually sensitive to environmental damage
- Unusually sensitive areas include populated areas, drinking water supplies, ecological resources, parks and forests, commercial fishing and recreation waters and other environmentally important areas.
These are all areas where a release of gas could have the most significant adverse effects. The Gas IM Rule specifies how pipeline operators must identify, prioritize, assess, evaluate, repair and validate the integrity of gas transmission pipelines that could, in the event of a leak or failure, affect HCAs within the United States.
These sensitive areas are the reason why Atmos Energy has classified almost all of its 12.3 miles of pipeline in Flower Mound as a HCA. Atmos Energy is one of the largest distributors of natural gas in the United States.
Flower Mound officials said, “Atmos will add an additional patrol focusing on the adequacy of cathodic protection test stations, which guards against corrosion. They will also add an additional patrol to check for line markers to guard against third party damage.” All of these precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of the residents.
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