Here’s a brief excerpt from the submission for the award:
In the spring of 2011, [Kinder Morgan] attended an American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) professional safety meeting at which Eric Rowland of Rowland Safety and Supply demonstrated the effectiveness of gloves used in various applications to prevent serious injury. During that presentation, Eric spoke of his company’s work with recycling gloves and other materials that were oil soaked. The application for gloves was impressive because ‘Mechanix Gloves’ are expensive and most workers think the only recourse when they become oil soaked is to discard them. Eric’s company refurbishes those types of gloves and sanitizes them as well. As Eric spoke of the environmental advantages to doing this, as well as reclaiming and recycling the oil, [Kinder Morgan] was intrigued and wondered why [they] had never heard of a company that was this diligent in recycling used oil.
There were two reasons that [Kinder Morgan] invited Eric to speak to our Central Division leadership team. The first was to demonstrate the proper selection and use of gloves to prevent employee injury. The second was to discuss the possibility of reclaiming the used oil that our compressor stations produced due to leaks in our engines. After his presentation, the Central Division leadership team decided to begin a pilot project to see if reclaiming and recycling the used oil would be a prudent approach.
Awards will be presented at this year’s Environmental, Safety & Health, and Training Conference in St. Louis, MO on June 4th.
About Kinder Morgan:
Kinder Morgan is the largest midstream and the third largest energy company (based on combined enterprise value) in North America. We own an interest in or operate approximately 80,000 miles of pipelines and 180 terminals. Our pipelines transport natural gas, refined petroleum products, crude oil, carbon dioxide (CO2) and more. We also store or handle a variety of products and materials at our terminals such as gasoline, jet fuel, ethanol, coal, petroleum coke and steel.
In most of our businesses we operate like a giant toll road and receive a fee for our services, generally avoiding commodity price risk. Our customers include major oil companies, energy producers and shippers, local distribution companies and businesses across many industries. We invest billions of dollars each year to build new energy infrastructure and expand existing assets, as well as on integrity management programs to operate our assets safely.
The Kinder Morgan family of companies has four publicly traded entities:
Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI), Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP) (one of the largest publicly traded pipeline master limited partnerships in America), Kinder Morgan Management, LLC (NYSE: KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (NYSE: EP. Combined, the Kinder Morgan companies have an enterprise value of approximately $115 billion.