About MLGPA

The Montana Liquids and Gas Pipeline Association (MLGPA) is comprised of pipeline operators throughout Montana that are dedicated to promoting pipeline safety by providing information for excavators, state residents, businesses, school officials, emergency responders and public officials.

MLGPA MEMBERS

Download the MLGPA directory for a list of members and emergency contact numbers by county.  The directory also includes additional information about individual members and their pipeline operations in Montana.

MLGPA MEMBER COMPANY INFORMATION

Click here to access company specific information for each MLGPA member company.

MLGPA PROGRAMS

MLGPA implements pipeline safety and emergency readiness programs for emergency responders, excavators, public officials, One-Call centers, residents and businesses and school officials in Montana.

Listed below is a brief description of each program.  Contact us for more information regarding MLGPA programs.

EMERGENCY RESPONDER PROGRAM

The Emergency Responder program is directed toward local, state or regional officials, agencies and organizations with emergency response or public safety jurisdiction over geographic areas with pipelines.  Program elements include:

  • A series of annual pipeline information meetings at various locations across the state
  • Emergency Contact Directory available in print and electronic formats
  • The development and publication of Interoperable Response Procedures
  • Linkage to the Identified Site Emergency Planning Application (ISEPA), a web-based mapping application
  • An annual communication from the Association containing baseline messages
  • An interactive training Web site with various pipeline emergency scenarios
  • Annual capability assessment and access to view capabilities by state and county

EXCAVATOR PROGRAM

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The Excavator program is directed toward commercial excavators in Montana.  Key messages include the “Dig Safely” message and information about the use of One-Call Centers.  Program elements include an annual mailing of the Excavation Safety Guide from the Association. The Excavation Safety Guide includes a summary of Montana’s One Call law, as well as requirements and excavation safety tips.

The 811 Awareness campaign includes a series of radio and television ads throughout the year that promote use of the One-Call system. Ads primarily target residents.

IDENTIFIED SITE EMERGENCY PLANNING APPLICATION (ISEPA)

The Identified Site Emergency Planning Application (ISEPA) provides emergency response agencies with detailed information about pipelines in their jurisdiction, including an initial evacuation distance from the line during an emergency.  The application also includes a mechanism for agencies to collaborate with pipeline operators by submitting information regarding populated areas (identified sites) near these pipelines.

ISEPA is a restricted-access resource for agencies involved with emergency planning and response and provides the following pipeline safety and emergency planning information:

  • Product transported in the pipeline.
  • Pipeline size in inches (if provided by the member company).
  • Recommended initial evacuation distance.
  • Pipeline company emergency phone number.
  • Company name, non-emergency contact, phone, and email address.
  • Link to document containing additional company information (if available).

ONE-CALL OUTREACH PROGRAM

The One-Call Outreach program supports existing educational programs offered by One-Call centers by supplementing available excavation reference materials. Program elements include free copies of the Pipeline Edition of the Excavation Safety Guide for One-Call Centers to distribute in their local area.

PUBLIC OFFICIAL PROGRAM

The Public Official program is directed toward local, city, county or state officials and other government employees with responsibility for land use and permitting, road maintenance or municipal-owned utility maintenance in areas where pipelines are located.  Program elements include an annual newsletter from the Association.

SCHOOL PROGRAM

The School program is intended to provide safety information to schools that would be directly impacted by a pipeline incident.  Program elements include:

  • An annual mailing of pipeline safety information (including a letter, pipeline safety brochure, and a poster containing a map and other reference information)
  • An on-site visit once every four years to each school
  • An interactive Web site with specific school information

The Association also provides a toolkit for operators to use to conduct outreach meetings with schools located near pipelines.

2016 $500 Grant Winners

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Forsyth Ambulance–Carole Raymond, former DES Manager of Rosebud County, received the check from Don Johnson, MLGPA Chairperson (representative from WBI Energy).

2015 $500 Grant Winners

Thompson Falls Ambulance 2015 Grant

Thompson Falls Ambulance–Bill Naegeli received the check from Don Johnson, Pipeline Safety Awareness Coordinator for WBI Energy.

Sweet Grass Co. Sheriff–Dan Tronrud received the check from Teresa McGrath from NorthWestern Energy.

2014 $500 Grant Winners

Ekalaka Area EMTs–Sandra Mrnak received the check from Don Johnson, Pipeline Safety Awareness Coordinator for WBI Energy. The money will be used to help purchase equipment for their new ambulance.

Fergus County–Sheriff Tom Killham received the check from Noah Davis, Manager of District Operations and Joe Brent, Safety Professional of NorthWestern. The money will go towards the D.A.R.E program.