The Pipeline Safety Trust promotes pipeline safety through education and advocacy, increased access to information, and partnerships with residents, safety advocates, government, and industry, resulting in safer communities and a healthier environment.
A Vision for Our Communities
We see a world in which there are zero pipeline incidents and:
- Communities where residents feel safe from the hazards of energy infrastructure,
- Communities where residents trust their government to protect them from hazards,
- Government authorities that are proactive and innovative in their approaches to accident prevention,
- Energy production, distribution and consumption that promotes sustainable development,
- Energy and utility industries that partner with communities to promote safety and environmental protection,
- Communities that are empowered with information and technical expertise, and
- Communities where residents have a meaningful voice in pipeline decision-making.
A Vision for Our Organization
We see the Pipeline Safety Trust providing:
- Effective, innovative, long-term solutions to community safety,
- Credible and timely information on pipeline safety,
- Independent comment and advice to landowners, communities, government and industry,
- Inclusive partnership opportunities among residents, safety advocates, government and industry, and
- Effective advocacy to improve public health, safety and environmental protection.
We see the Pipeline Safety Trust achieving its mission with excellence over time and in changing conditions.
The Board and staff of the Pipeline Safety Trust value:
- Public safety and public interest,
- Trust and credibility,
- Fearless independence,
- Inclusiveness and accessibility, and
- Proactive strategies.
Statement on Climate Change
Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases burned or released into the atmosphere are the scientifically recognized cause of climate change. Because of the dangers to ecosystems and human and nonhuman life posed by a rapidly warming planet, the Pipeline Safety Trust recognizes the need to rapidly reduce the extraction, transportation, and combustion of fossil fuels.
The transportation of oil and gas by pipelines contributes to planetary warming. In turn, climate destabilization threatens the integrity of pipeline infrastructure through extreme weather events, subsidence, landslides, flooding, scouring, permafrost thawing, and other climate-related disturbances. Additionally, transitioning to a world that uses less fossil fuels will require changes to existing pipeline infrastructure which may adversely affect safety.
The PST recognizes that the damaging effects of climate change disproportionately affect marginalized populations, especially black, indigenous, and people of color communities, exacerbating already existing social inequalities. While ensuring the integrity of the pipelines that run through communities, farms, and natural environments remains our primary mission, the PST’s dedication to pipeline safety, ecological sustainability, and environmental justice requires us to work toward a rapid and just energy transition.