According to the API-PPTS Advisory 2005-3 “Overview of Incidents Occurring on Facilities Piping and Equipment,” over half of all reported releases occur within pipeline facilities. Facility integrity is a complex issue due to the large number of potential leak sources and the relatively small size and impact of releases. Operators struggle to determine whether additional resources should be allocated to this issue and, if so, how to make a meaningful impact. In this paper we will address the questions of why the pipeline industry should address facility releases, why Operators struggle with facility integrity, and what is required to overcome barriers. We will present information to assist Operators to understand the cause of facility leaks, methods to assess the impact of releases, methods to prioritize resources, and how to develop metrics to measure success.

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