Sunoco Logistics has a goal of zero spills to the environment and a focus on continuous improvement. We recognize that emergency situations can occur, and we view emergency preparedness as a critically important function. We prepare for emergency situations and provide training to our employees to familiarize them with emergency plans and procedures that have been developed for their work locations.
We provide Incident Command System training to critical employees, and have established written emergency procedures for a variety of emergency situations. Through the use of a unified incident command system, company personnel, contractors and agency representatives can work successfully together in case of a major event.
We conduct drills to test the effectiveness of our plans and procedures on a regular basis. The results of these drills are documented and critiqued.
Sunoco Logistics has emergency procedures in place that will, as necessary, promptly shut down and isolate a pipeline or tank, dispatch first responders and take measures to protect human health and the environment. We contract with oil spill response organizations (OSROs) and response contractors to supply emergency response equipment and/or personnel to ensure a rapid, organized and safe response to any emergency situation. We also have public awareness and community outreach programs to inform the public about our operations and to enlist their assistance in reducing the potential for an emergency situation.
Several free resources on proper pipeline incident management exist for emergency responders:
- Pipeline Emergencies (www.pipelineemergencies.com) - Training curriculum developed by the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) for all emergency responders.
- API/AOPL portal - (https://nasfm-training.org/) - Pipeline training developed by the industry with NASFM to the Awareness, Operations, and Technician levels.
- Shoulder to Shoulder: Roles in Pipeline Emergency Response - Video series features interviews with pipeline and emergency response experts: (www.shoulder2shoulder.tv)
Additional training is available by request for responders in the communities where SXL operates.