Oklahoma Pipeline Awareness Liaison (OPAL)
OPAL is a member-driven organization of pipeline operators dedicated to improving public awareness of pipeline transportation and safety. Under the direction of the members, OPAL has a strong liaison program with emergency responders, public officials, and excavators. The current program meets the baseline guidelines identified in CFR 192.616, RP 1162, and CFR 192.615 for emergency responders and public officials but also provides several supplemental enhancements for further community engagement.
In an effort to provide a better product to the emergency responder stakeholders, OPAL and OKPERI officially joined forces on January 1st, 2020. OKPERI, now PERI, is a sub-committee within OPAL with the same mission as before the merger: to provide sustainable training for first responders; place emphasis on pipeline emergency response training; establish alternative pipeline emergency response training delivery methods; enhance operator emergency responder outreach and liaison programs; and promote responder awareness of their role in reducing excavation damage incidents. With this merger brings new and exciting things to not only the emergency responders of Oklahoma but to the operators in Oklahoma as a whole.