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Handling High Consequence Areas

Updated: Mar 4


PHMSA pipeline safety integrity environmental high risk area

At DEAN with our 28 years of expertise and necessary equipment, we are capable of handling repairs in High Consequence Areas while reducing risks associated when working in these environments. DEAN specializes in High Consequence Areas (HCAs) notably marshlands, river crossings, heavily populated areas, and nature sensitive areas. When pipelines are damaged in these areas the potential for hazardous oils or gas can cause intense damage to the surrounding environment.


According to the US Dept. of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) the consequences of inadvertent oil and gas pipeline releases can differ greatly depending on the environment and commodity involved in the release. PHMSA also notes that pipeline safety regulations implement the notion of high consequence areas (HCAs). HCA’s can recognize specific areas where a potential release could have the most significant adverse consequences.



Our team at DEAN understands the adverse effects pipeline releases have on health and safety, environmental degradation, and damage to personal or commercial property. Once an area has been identified, our skilled operators at DEAN will devote focus, effort, and analysis to the HCA to ensure the integrity of the pipeline.


DEAN’s team of experts will work with you to create a safety-conscious plan that maintains asset and crew safety as well as ensure high-quality and reliable pipeline repair in high-risk environments. Without a team of experts, unintended consequences of performing any integrity dig without a knowledgeable partner adds unnecessary risk that must be avoided.

Our team can handle HCA high-risk integrity digs in a safe and cost-effective manner.



DEAN is centrally located along the southern coast to make the mobilization of this specialized equipment seamless. DEAN has the necessary skills, manpower, and equipment to navigate the scheduling, management, and construction of your next pipeline construction project safely and efficiently.


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