Open communication and transparency with emergency officials are critical when responding to a pipeline emergency. Western Midstream attends meetings with emergency officials in counties where we operate, which are focused on how to properly respond to an incident involving pipelines. These meetings allow us to meet with emergency responders from our operational areas and ask questions in a face-to-face environment.
Western Midstream personnel will concentrate on shutting down pipeline operations. Responders should focus on protecting the public and isolating or removing ignition sources. Do not close pipeline valves or attempt to extinguish primary fires.
The National Association of State Fire Marshalls (NASFM) offers a comprehensive, integrated emergency response training program designed to teach emergency responders and pipeline industry personnel to safely respond and effectively manage pipeline incidents.