School Pipeline Safety Toolkit

Texas has the largest pipeline infrastructure in the nation, with more than 431,997 miles of pipeline representing about 1/6 of the total pipeline mileage of the entire United States. The School Pipeline Safety Partnership estimates that approximately one in every 20 schools in the United States is located within a half-mile of a petroleum or natural gas transmission pipeline or aboveground pipeline facility. And yet, pipelines are often overlooked when schools assess risk and create emergency plans.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, pipelines are the safest and most reliable method for transporting energy products across our nation. Although rare, a pipeline leak can occur if a pipeline is damaged. Use this toolkit to help determine if your school is located near a pipeline and to assure that you know the signs of a leak and how to appropriately respond to protect students, staff and facilities.

This toolkit provides specific pipeline safety information and resources to utilize in locating nearby pipelines and including critical pipeline information in your school Emergency Operations Plan.

To further assist your school's pipeline safety efforts, we encourage you to also view the educational video designed to increase awareness of the pipeline system in Texas and equip school officials with the tools and skills necessary to safely co-exist with nearby pipelines. You can view this video here: https://txssc.txstate.edu/videos/pipeline-safety/

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