Safety & Environment

Committed to Safety

Colonial Pipeline transports more barrels of refined petroleum products more miles than any other pipeline in the world.

Colonial’s is committed to operating its pipeline system safely, reliably and efficiently. Numerous safety measures are taken by Colonial to protect the public and the environment.

The safe operation of product pipelines is regulated by several federal and state agencies. Standards for safe operation are set by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Product pipelines also operate under rules and guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Coast Guard Regulations on Oil Spills, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Permit Program Regulations.

Some states incorporate these operating standards and regulations as part of their oversight of safe pipeline operations, and others add their own set of rules and guidelines. Colonial also complies with industry standards and practices set by the American Petroleum Institute, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the National Fire Association, and other industry groups.

Viewed from the impact on human life, there is no safer mode for transporting liquid petroleum than via pipeline. In 2007, the National Transportation Safety Board recorded 43,193 transportation-related fatalities. Of these fatal accidents, 802 involved medium and heavy trucks, 808 involved railroads, and 24 involved commercial marine carries. Of the four fatalities involving liquid pipelines, none resulted from Colonial Pipeline operations.  

Declaration of Safety

Colonial Pipeline Company is committed to the safety of everyone impacted by its business. This philosophy is fundamental to the success of our organization. Adherence to the following principles will safeguard employees and the public.

  • All injuries and accidents are preventable.
  • We will not compromise safety to achieve any business objective.
  • Leaders are accountable for the safety of all employees, contractors, and the public.
  • Each employee has primary responsibility for his/her safety and the safety of others.
  • Effective communication and the sharing of information is essential to achieving an accident-free workplace.
  • Employees and contractor personnel will be properly trained to perform their work safely.
  • Exposure to workplace hazards shall be minimized and/or safeguarded.
  • We will empower and encourage all employees and contractors to stop, correct and report any unsafe condition.
  • Each employee will be evaluated on his/her performance and contribution to our safety efforts.
  • We will design, construct, operate and maintain facilities and pipelines with safety in mind.
  • We believe preventing accidents is good business.

Through these principles we will create practices to continuously improve our safety and health performance and lead the industry in safety.

Your Safety is Our Future

CP in the Community

Colonial Pipeline Company is committed to reinvesting in the communities where we operate. For additional information and to learn more about our company’s philanthropic and volunteer efforts, please visit the CP Community.