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MEDIA CONTACTS
 

John Stoody
Vice President, Government & Public Relations
Direct: 202.292.4509 | Mobile: 202.957.3554
Email: jstoody@aopl.org
Andy Black
President & CEO
Office: 202.292.4500
Email: ablack @aopl.org

 

 

 
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PRESS RELEASES

 

  • Support for DAPL & Pipelines at Hearing


    02/15/2017

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) today voiced its support for pipeline infrastructure, the Dakota Access Pipeline and partners in pipeline construction from laborers to contractors. Representatives of each are testifying today before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power. Today’s hearing is on the challenges and opportunities to infrastructure improvement and expansion. “Pipeline infrastructure offers American workers and consumers great opportunity for good-paying jobs and plentiful, affordable energy supplies, “ said Andy Black, President and CEO of AOPL in a letter to the subcommittee…[Read Full Release Here]

     

  • A Return to Sanity for Pipeline Approvals


    02/09/2017

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) hailed government issuance of an easement yesterday for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), the final step necessary to complete construction of the project. “Action on DAPL sends a signal to pipeline operators, our customers, and the workers and consumers that benefit from pipelines, that sanity is being restored to the pipeline approval process,” said Andrew Black, AOPL President and CEO… [Read Full Release Here]

     

  • AOPL Thanks President Trump for Allowing Americans to Benefit from Pipelines


    01/24/2017

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) expressed its gratitude on behalf of pipeline operators and the American people who will benefit from new pipeline infrastructure. Keystone XL (KXL) retained overwhelming public approval throughout its review process and election day exit polls last November showed broad public support for new energy infrastructure. President Trump’s action today will allow the American public to receive those benefits. “We thank President Trump for giving the American people the benefits of jobs and plentiful, affordable energy that pipelines will bring,” said Andrew Black, President and CEO of AOPL…[Read Full Release Here]

     

  • AOPL Decries Continued DAPL Delay


    11/14/2016

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) decried the current administration’s continued refusal today to grant final approval for the Dakota Access Pipeline project even while admitting previous project decisions met legal requirements. “This administration continues to astonish after admitting previous Dakota Access pipeline decisions were legal, which include the environmental and cultural finding of no significant impact, they are still refusing to provide final approval for the project,” said Andrew Black, AOPL President and CEO… [Read Full Release Here]

     

  • AOPL Urges End to Dangerous Protests


    10/11/2016

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) today urged activists to end their forms of dangerous protest that threaten their own safety, the public’s safety and the environment. The call came after protesters broke into pipeline facilities near the U.S. – Canada border and attempted to manually close pipeline valves. “These are industrial facilities that operate under high pressure and we don’t want anyone to get hurt or cause a release into the environment,” said Andrew Black, AOPL President and CEO…[Read Full Release Here]

     

  • 2016 Pipeline Performance Report & Strategic Plan


    08/18/2016

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) released a new report documenting liquids pipeline safety performance and outlining industry-wide efforts to improve pipeline safety in 2016 and beyond. The 2016 API-AOPL Annual Liquids Pipeline Safety Excellence Performance Report & Strategic Plan, developed jointly by AOPL and the American Petroleum Institute (API), highlights pipeline safety trends over the last five years. “A barrel of crude oil or petroleum products traveling through a pipeline reaches its destination safely greater than 99.999% of the time,” said Andy Black, AOPL President and CEO…[Read the Full Release Here]

     

  • AOPL Welcomes Senate Passage of PIPES Act


    06/13/2016

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) welcomed U.S. Senate passage of pipeline safety legislation. The Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 or PIPES Act of 2016 will reauthorize federal pipeline safety laws and programs. After passage in the House last week, the bill will now go to the President for his signature.  “Pipeline safety took another step forward with passage of bipartisan legislation,” said Andy Black, President and CEO of AOPL…[Read Full Release Here]

     

  • AOPL Applauds House Passage of PIPES Act


    06/08/2016

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) applauded passage of pipeline safety legislation by the U.S. House of Representatives. The Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 or PIPES Act of 2016 would reauthorize federal pipeline safety laws and programs. “The PIPES Act provides new tools to PHMSA and pipeline operators for the safe operation of pipelines,” said Andy Black, President and CEO of AOPL…[Read Full Release Here]

     

  • PIPELINE OPERATORS WELCOME FERC DECISION ON RATE AGREEMENTS


    02/04/2016

    WASHINGTON, DC – This week, the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) welcomed a February 1 order issued by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reaffirming its policy of upholding the sanctity of rates negotiated by pipeline project sponsors and potential users of a proposed pipeline. The ruling prevents a potential hurdle to financing new pipeline projects. “We commend FERC for reaffirming its policy of protecting the ability of pipeline project sponsors and potential customers to reach agreement on pipeline rates, which is essential for project sponsors to secure financing for new pipeline construction projects,” said Andy Black, President and CEO of AOPL… [Read the Full Release Here]

     

  • AOPL Laments KXL Rejection


    11/06/2015

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) lamented President Obama’s decision to reject the new jobs and environmental protection that would come through construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Pipelines are the safest ways to transport liquid energy and their construction creates good-paying manufacturing jobs for American workers. “The president rejected a real opportunity to create jobs and take advantage of the safest way to transport the energy America needs,” said Andrew Black, President and CEO of AOPL…[Read Full Release]

     

  • Liquids Pipeline Industry Testifies On Safety Improvements


    07/14/2015

    Washington, DC – Today, Andy Black, President and CEO of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL), testified on pipeline safety issues before a hearing of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Energy and Power Subcommittee. Black’s testimony focused on the safety performance record of the liquids pipeline industry and industry-wide efforts to improve pipeline safety. “Pipelines are an exceedingly safe way to deliver the energy America needs with more than 99.999 percent of barrels of crude oil and petroleum products delivered safely by pipeline,” said Black…

    [Read Full Release Here]

     

  • Pipeline Operators Announce New Pipeline Safety Tool


    07/08/2015

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, pipeline operators announced successful completion of a new, jointly developed tool to improve pipeline safety. The API 1173 Recommended Practice for Pipeline Safety Management Systems will provide pipeline operators a comprehensive way to make safe operations and continuous safety improvement a constant focus of their operations. “The liquids pipeline industry is embracing pipeline safety management systems as a comprehensive and holistic way to improve pipeline safety even further,” said Andy Black, Association of Oil Pipe Lines President & CEO…

    [Read the Full Release Here]

     

  • Forum Shares Pipeline Emergency Response Experiences and Lessons


    06/23/2015

    FORT WORTH, TX – Today, local emergency first responders, federal response officials and pipeline operators gathered in Fort Worth, TX for the annual API/AOPL Pipeline Emergency Response Forum. Hosted by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL), this meeting gathered personnel responsible for planning and responding to pipeline emergencies to share experiences and lessons learned. “Pipeline operators are continually seeking insights from first responders to improve our ability to prepare for and respond to pipeline incidents,” said Andy Black, AOPL President & CEO…

    [Read the Full Release Here]

     

  • AOPL Welcomes Congressional Approval of Keystone XL


    02/11/2015

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) welcomed Congressional passage of legislation to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline. The Keystone XL pipeline will provide American workers with good-paying jobs, consumers with access to lower priced energy, communities with safer energy transportation, the environment with cleaner energy transportation and the country with more energy from a stable and secure partner. “With Congressional passage of legislation enabling the job creation, consumer benefit and transportation safety of the Keystone XL pipeline we hope the President will sign this bill and allow the American people to receive these benefits,” said Andy Black, President and CEO…[Read the Full Release Here]

     

  • Pipeline Operators Share Safety Record, Improvement Plans


    02/05/2015

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) shared industry-wide pipeline safety results and plans for further pipeline safety improvements in its new 2015 API-AOPL Annual Liquids Pipeline Safety Performance Report & Strategic Plan. “Even with a 99.999% safe delivery rate for crude oil and petroleum product pipelines we are pushing for further pipeline safety improvements through a host of industry-wide efforts from leak detection to emergency planning and response,” said Andy Black, President and CEO of AOPL… [Read the Full Release Here]

     

  • AOPL Testifies to Value and Safety of Pipelines


    02/03/2015

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, members of a U.S. House of Representatives committee with oversight of pipelines heard testimony on the value and safety of pipelines. “Not only are pipelines the safest mode of transportation, they are getting safer. Since 1999, the number of releases from liquids pipelines is down 50 percent,” testified Andy Black, President and CEO of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL). [Read the Full Press Release Here]

     

     

  • AOPL Hails Senate Approval of Keystone XL


    01/29/2015

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) hailed U.S. Senate passage today of legislation authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline. The Keystone XL pipeline will provide American workers with good-paying jobs, consumers with access to lower-priced energy, communities with safer energy transportation, the environment with cleaner energy transportation and the country with more energy from a stable and secure partner. “Today’s Senate approval reflects continued strong public support for the Keystone XL pipeline,” said Andy Black, AOPL President and CEO… [Read the Full Release]

     

  • AOPL Welcomes Keystone XL Votes


    11/14/2014

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) welcomes Congressional votes to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline. The Keystone XL pipeline will provide American workers with good-paying jobs, consumers with access to lower priced energy, communities with safer energy transportation, the environment with cleaner energy transportation and the country with more energy from a stable and secure partner.

    “Congress realizes American consumers and workers have waited long enough to start receiving the benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline,” said Andy Black, President and CEO…[Read the Full Release]

     

  • U.S. Pipelines Delivered 8.3 Billion Barrels of Crude Oil in 2013, Report Says


    10/07/2014

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) released a report detailing the dramatic increases in crude oil and petroleum products pipeline mileage and usage in recent years. The U.S. Liquids Pipeline Usage & Mileage Report by AOPL and the American Petroleum Institute documents increases in crude oil, refined petroleum products and natural gas liquids delivered by pipeline and mileage of those pipelines.

    “Pipelines usage and mileage are growing to bring the benefits of America’s energy production renaissance to American workers and consumers,” said Andrew Black, AOPL President & CEO…[Read the Full Release]

     

  • AOPL Supports Hoeven-Donnelly Presidential Permit Reform Bill


    09/16/2014

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) expressed support for the Senate-introduced North American Energy Infrastructure Act of 2014, which would reform the delay-plagued cross-border permitting program for energy infrastructure such as pipelines.

    “The Senate cross-border permitting reform bill will help benefit American workers with new pipeline manufacturing and construction jobs and American consumers with the bounty of our North American energy production renaissance,” said Andy Black, AOPL President and CEO…

     

  • NTSB Chairman Hart Tours Safety Efforts at API/AOPL Member


    08/21/2014

    This week, NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart visited API/AOPL member Colonial Pipeline Company for a tour of operations and display of “some of the ways they put safety first.” View Chairman Hart’s blog posting on his visit…

  • AOPL on Court Rejection of Requirement to Review Entire Pipeline Project Under NEPA


    08/20/2014

    WASHINGTON, DC – This week, a U.S. federal district court judge rejected a lawsuit by a group of national environmental organizations seeking to force the federal government to conduct an environmental review of the entire length of a major pipeline construction project. The court found “no basis in law or fact” that federal law requires such a review of the entire project.

    “Today’s court decision is an important win against attempts to block needed pipeline infrastructure by expanding federal reviews beyond their original intent,” said Andy Black, President & CEO of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines…

     

  • AOPL Press Release on Senate Propane Hearing Testimony: Pipeline Capacity Available for Propane


    05/01/2014

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Andy Black, President and CEO of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL), testified on last winter’s propane prices and supplies at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Also testifying were representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), local propane distributors and agriculture. “There is enough pipeline capacity to transport propane supplies to where they are needed, so long as the owners and shippers of propane adequately plan for their winter demand prior to winter,” testified Black.

     

  • AOPL Comments to State Dept: Keystone XL in National Interest


    03/07/2014

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) released this statement on the comments it submitted to the U.S. Department of State in support of a National Interest Determination for the Keystone XL pipeline project.

    “The Keystone XL pipeline, as confirmed by the State Department’s own environmental, safety and economic impact analysis, is clearly in the national interest of the United States,” said Andy Black, AOPL President and CEO.

     

  • AOPL Testifies in Support of Pipeline Infrastructure


    03/06/2014

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Andrew Black, President and CEO of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines  (AOPL), testified before Congress on the benefits of pipelines to American consumers and workers.

    The hearing before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Energy & Power  Subcommittee entitled “Benefits of and Challenges to Energy Access in the 21st Century: Fuel Supply &  Infrastructure” included representatives of liquid and gas pipelines, railroad, trucking, and propane
    industries, as well as the Energy Information Administration.

    “New and expanded pipeline infrastructure is essential to delivering the benefits of America’s energy renaissance to U.S. consumers and workers,” testified Black.

     

  • Draft Pipeline Safety Management System Released to Public for Comment


    02/27/2014

    Washington, DC – Today, a joint group of pipeline safety stakeholders, including gas and liquid pipeline operators, federal and state regulators, safety experts and public representatives, released for public comment a draft Pipeline Safety Management System (PSMS).

    The work is the product of a recommendation by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for the American Petroleum Institute (API) to convene a group to develop a formal framework for pipeline operators to monitor, measure and improve pipeline safety performance continuously over time.

     

  • Pipeline Operators Ask FERC to Protect Financing of Pipeline Construction from New Threat


    10/16/2013

    On Tuesday, the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) asked the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to protect the basis of much needed pipeline infrastructure financing against an administrative law judge (ALJ) ruling that would gut FERC’s previous orders. FERC has the final say after reviewing the ALJ opinion and AOPL members urge FERC to respond in support of new pipeline infrastructure.