2014-11-27 / News

Pipeline trainers highlight local work

PERRY — With the potential installation of a natural gas pipeline in Grand Blanc and Atlas Township’s, questions have been raised regarding safety and the Michigan Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) wants people to know they have the utmost concern for safety — it’s their job.

LIUNA recently held a pipeline safety training tour and media briefing at the Michigan Laborers’ Training and Apprenticeship Institute (MLTAI) in Perry, MI. Energy Transfer Partners, the owner of the Rover pipeline, has committed to use LIUNA members on their pipeline so all will have extensive comprehensive classroom and hands-on training.

The tour was to assist reaching the public with information on the MLTAI and directly observe the extensive classroom and hands-on training that is encompassed in its pipeline safety program. The pipeline safety course is part of the comprehensive underground construction training at the institute.

MLTAI Director Lynn Coleman said: “MLTAI has built a reputation as one of the safest and most productive facilities in the nation with more ANSI Certified Instructors than any other training center. Michigan LIUNA members and signatory contractors worked over 1,000,000 hours on pipeline construction and maintenance in the state, and every day they worked safe and efficient without any major incidents.”

In fact, most significant risk factors for pipeline integrity do not fall on the laborers at all. Age and materials are more susceptible to corrosion and seam-related defects and are among the most significant risk factors.

Incidents involving natural gas pipelines typically occur on the smaller-diameter distribution pipelines that deliver natural gas directly to homes and businesses, not on the larger diameter transmission pipelines transporting gas between states and communities, like the ET Rover pipeline. — P.S.

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