Our Health and Safety Priorities

At Buckeye, health and safety are core values that are fundamental to our business and guide the way we operate every day. This includes our steadfast commitment to safety, environmental responsibility, regulatory compliance, and personal integrity. We aim to integrate programs and processes to prevent and mitigate incidents and ensure the health and wellness of our employees, contractors, and the communities in which we operate.

We constantly evaluate opportunities to further enhance our approach to and implementation of safety best practices to ensure we effectively deliver on our mission to provide superior value to all of our stakeholders.

Our Safety Culture encompasses a variety of programs designed to support our business goals through our talented, valued employees and our core strengths of:

  • An unwavering commitment to safety, environmental responsibility, regulatory compliance, and personal integrity.
  • Best-in-class customer service and sophisticated commercial operations.
  • Operational Excellence that provides consistent, reliable performance at the lowest reasonable cost.
  • An entrepreneurial approach toward logistical solutions to profitably expand and optimize Buckeye’s portfolio of global energy assets.
  • A commitment to consistent execution and the continuous improvement of our operations, projects, and people.

As part of the best practice safety principles and approaches we live by at Buckeye, we also facilitate a number of community-based safety programs to help educate and protect people who live in the communities where we operate. These include our emergency response program, our public awareness and education L.I.V.E. Safe program, among others.

Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental (HSSE) Performance in the Workplace

Buckeye’s success is based on our employees’ commitment to continuous improvement and our ability to deliver “Best-in-Class” results. With a dedicated committee focused on these critical issues, we continually strive to meet or exceed the highest standards of safety and integrity in the workplace. Our focus on safety and our compliance culture are key competitive advantages for Buckeye. Our employees are expected to adhere to these values:


  • Have “Safety First” be a personal objective and not just a corporate slogan. We ask our employees to commit to our goal of “ZERO INCIDENTS”.
  • Recognize that no job is so urgent that it requires compromising our HSSE values and agree to immediately stop any operation or task that is unsafe or creates a potential environmental risk.
  • Take responsibility for your personal safety and the safety of others and accept safe work performance, safe behavior, and compliance with HSSE rules as a condition of employment.
  • Commit to improving our regulatory compliance culture and take responsibility for seeing that our policies, procedures and programs are followed, thereby ensuring full regulatory compliance.
  • Uphold management’s commitment to provide the necessary resources and support for the company’s HSSE and Compliance Culture initiatives.

L.I.V.E. Safe Program

Our L.I.V.E. Safe Program focuses on promoting safety LEADERSHIP through active employee INVOLVEMENT, shared beliefs and VALUES, and by demonstrating an unwavering commitment to Operational EXCELLENCE.

We created the L.I.V.E. Safe website – – to serve as a resource to educate and engage with our contractors and business partners around the tenets of our L.I.V.E. Safe culture.


Leaders are clear that safety is a personal value. They relentlessly drive the right messages in all they do and expect their team members to match their same level of focus and action. Leaders actively seek feedback on their safety behaviors and focus on proactive engagement to reduce and manage risks.


Focuses on being fully engaged in what’s occurring at our facilities. We ask our engaged employees to conduct Safety Observation Rounds (SORs) and/or Work Procedure Reviews to identify and control risk and reinforce our standard operating procedures. We stress the importance of the Plan-Do-Check-Act continuous improvement loop in every task and promote Stop Work Authority without fear of repercussion.


We believe that safety must be a personal value. We’re confident we can achieve our business goals without harm and will challenge any perception of safety as a competing priority to the task at hand. We always strive to do the right thing, even when it is not easy or when no one is watching. To us that is a true definition of character.


We are committed to achieving our business objectives without harm to people, property, the environment, our customer’s products, or our reputation. We achieve this Operational Excellence goal by identifying and managing risk, communicating openly, sharing knowledge and best practices, and being proactive with a people-centric focus.

Safety Performance Metrics

We continue to invest in our safety programs to ensure we are implementing industry-leading practices that keep our employees, partners and communities safe. Our safety programs, including the L.I.V.E. Safe Program, continue to mature resulting in our four-year performance tracking industry average. With oversight from our leaders, our employees work collaboratively across every level of the organization to review and enhance the safety of our work processes. This includes our Work Procedure Reviews, which ensure that work activities are being performed in a safe manner, in compliance with established procedures and to determine if changes are required to meet our safety standards. In adherence to Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) guidelines, we monitor and record all safety incidents on the job to ensure we are able to be resopnsive and create the safest workplace.


Environmental stewardship is the responsible use and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices. Buckeye firmly believes that anyone can be an environmental steward simply by being aware and knowledgeable of their surroundings and making sure they do as little as possible to negatively impact our world.


Emissions Controls

  • We conduct monthly Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) checks at facilities to reduce fugitive Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions
  • Our storage tanks with Internal Floating Roof (IFR) and External Floating Roof (EFR) seal inspection program ensures optimal control of VOC emissions from our product storage tanks
  • When appropriate, we install geodomes on our EFR tanks, to further reduce VOC emissions

Vapor Recovery Systems

  • We utilize Continuous Emission Monitors (CEMs) as part of our vapor recovery systems in order to help optimize performance
  • We have developed the Buckeye Emission Storage Tank (BEST) database to ensure continuous air permit compliance 
  • At a large majority of our truck terminals, we use Vapor Recovery Units instead of Vapor Combustion Units (VCUs) to recover product vapors instead of burning them
  • In 2019, the use of VRUs vs VCUs for gasoline truck loading across the Buckeye enterprise saved roughly 65,015 tons of CO2 emissions

Power Conservation

Buckeye’s Power Program is designed to ensure we meet customer demand in a safe and cost-effective manner. This is achieved through tracking key performance metrics, communicating results, and developing action plans to continuously improve performance.

Pipeline operators have many things to consider when approaching energy management. Examples of a few primary categories at risk for inefficiencies are pumps, control valves, and system schedules.

Buckeye implements both proactive and reactive measures to identify opportunities to avoid and correct inefficiencies. 

  • Education: Pipeline operation engineers spend many hours training pipeline controllers, operators, and schedulers on pipeline hydraulics. This includes general best practices as well as specific system reviews. Tools are created and continuously updated for operators to reference optimal pump combinations for desired pipeline conditions.
  • Pumps and Control Valves: Reporting each month scrutinizes every hour of operation for inefficiencies. These reports are reviewed by pipeline operations engineers and operations to determine if corrective action is appropriate.


Variable Frequency Drives

Reduced potential energy consumption by 30,903,484.75 kWh annually or the equivalent benefits of:

  • Reducing CO2 emissions by 22,998.80 metric tons annually
  • Powering 3,447.03 homes annually
  • Carbon sequestered by 27,089.35 acres of U.S. forests annually

Drag Reducing Agent skids installed in certain areas of the pipeline system reduce potential electric consumption by approximately 82,604,610 kWh annually or the equivalent benefits of:

  • Carbon sequestered by 72,409.50 acres of U.S. forests annually
  • Reducing CO2 emissions by 61,475.47 metric tons annually
  • Powering 9,213.87 homes annually.

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Buckeye hosts two Megawatt solar facilities at our Griffith, IN pump station and our East Chicago Complex. While these solar projects were quite a departure from our core businesses at Buckeye, the local communities benefit from their realization.

The Lake County, IN solar projects provide approximately 5,200,000 kWh per year and have the environmental benefits equivalent to:


  • Reducing CO2 emissions by 3,700 tons annually
  • Powering 440 homes annually
  • Converting 781 automobiles to zero emissions
  • Planting 100,000 trees

Waste Minimization

Buckeye focuses on reducing waste generated and limiting waste to landfills. In 2019, 89% of the waste generated during typical Buckeye operations was diverted from landfilling.



Diverted from Landfill


3,529.6 lbs.

Material Recycled



16.9 oz plastic bottles saved

by installing water coolers and reusable drinkware

K-Cup Recycling Program: Balancing Covenience and the Environment

As part of being a responsible community partner, Buckeye is committed to expanding our sustainability practices by participating in programs such as Grounds to Grow On.

Keurig started a K-Cup recycling program called “Grounds to Grow On” in 2011. The program  separates the coffee pods into their components, with 75 percent being converted to compost and 25 percent repurposed into plastic pallets and used for shipping. 

Our corporate office in Breinigsville, PA started participating in Grounds to Grow On in 2013, and since that time has recycled over 12,700 pounds of coffee pods, keeping them out of landfills. We have expanded the initiative to include our terminals in Baltimore, MD; Chesapeake, VA; South Portland, ME; Perth Amboy, NJ; Port Reading, NJ; Groton, CT; Sugar Creek, MO; and Wilmington, NC. The number of coffee pods being responsibly recycled grows each month at these locations and currently totals over 435 pounds! 

Reclamation Project

The Elizabeth River Project began in 1991 as a community effort to clean up the Elizabeth River in southeast Virginia, which was effectively ‘dead’ from industrial activity and pollution. The mission was to restore the river to the highest practical level of environmental quality through partnerships. This project is one of nine collaborative models in the nation. In 1997, the River Star Businesses program began, and Buckeye’s Chesapeake Terminal was an early member.

Over the years, we have increased our level of participation in the Elizabeth River Star Businesses Program (ERSBP), now achieving Model Level – the highest possible ranking – for our accomplishments  which include significant contributions through the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Oyster Gardening Program.

Members of our Health, Safety, Security and Environmental (HSSE) Team, Chesapeake Terminal Team, and Virginia and Baltimore Asset Teams have participated in  oyster reef construction and other associated wetland planting initiatives over the years.  Our achievements are attributed to a combination of creating oyster habitat and wetlands along the terminal shoreline and the steps we take every day during routine operations. Operational decisions such as the installation of new tank seals during planned maintenance and new Vapor Recovery Unit (VRU) installation make significate improvements. Based on actual throughput values during a 12-month period, emission reductions measured approximately 4,000 pounds of VOC, 9,000 pounds of nitrogen oxides, 23,000 pounds of carbon monoxide, and over 5 million pounds of carbon dioxide!

    Emergency Response

    Buckeye follows the nationally recognized Incident Command System (ICS) during emergency response events to ensure that critical response tasks are addressed. In any emergency response, people and the environment are our top priorities.

    Every Buckeye facility exercises their facility and emergency response plan as outlined with the Oil Pollution Action of 1990 and the National Preparedness Readiness Exercise Program that is mandated by our regulated agencies.

    We appreciate the hard work, effort, and dedication of the many emergency responders that support our communities and may be involved in helping us return a community to normal in the event of an incident.

    Additional information on how to respond to incidents involving pipelines is available by contacting Buckeye or by obtaining training materials from the National Association of State Fire Marshals’ sponsored Pipeline Emergencies Program.

    This training can be found at

    Preparedness and Response Training

    In 2019, Buckeye’s Corporate Incident Management Team (“IMT”) members conducted a two-day exercise that provided an opportunity to evaluate the company’s response management concepts, plans, and capabilities when faced with a multi-hazard based scenario. 

    This full-scale exercise involved our entire emergency response organization including a Facility Response Team, Incident Management Team, Crisis Management Team and included an Oil Spill Removal Organization equipment deployment at our Baltimore Terminal.

    This exercise assisted our company readiness for our response efforts in the wake of Hurricane Dorian in communicating with international Caribbean governments in addition to local, county, and state emergency operating centers along southeast coast of the United States.

    In addition, the activation of our Crisis Management Team during the COVID-19 Pandemic Response ensured our employees were properly protected and business operations safely maintained while effectively communicating with Buckeye’s customers, stakeholders and government agencies.