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Civil emergencies - gas pipelines

​There are multi agency arrangements in place for responding to an emergency involving a major pipeline.

Under the Pipelines Safety Regulations (1996), Local Authorities have a responsibility to put into place (in liaison with the emergency services, and other organisations) arrangements for responding to a major emergency involving a pipeline.

The regulations define a Major Accidents Hazard Pipeline as a pipeline that transports a dangerous material. What constitutes a dangerous material is dependent on the content that is being transported within the pipes, and the working pressure that it is under.

South Gloucestershire Emergency Planning Unit produces a Major Accident Hazards Pipeline Plan, which details the coordinated response of the emergency services, along with other category 1 and 2 responders as detailed in the Civil Contingencies Act (2004).

Pipeline incidents are extremely rare as there are many controls in place to prevent accidents including arrangements to check that there are no hazards before digging or other works take place.

Arrangements in the plan are supported by other council plans such as the Emergency Transport Plan and Rest Centre Plan and those of our professional partners.

Due to the sensitive nature of the information contained in the Major Accident Hazards Pipelines Plan it is not available to the public.

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