Long-distance pipelines for the transport of oil and natural gas to onshore facilities are mainly fabricated by girth welding, which has been considered as a weak location for cracking. Pipeline rupture due to crack initiation and propagation in girth welding is one of the main issues of structural integrity for a stable supply of energy resources. The crack assessment should be performed by comparing the crack driving force with fracture toughness to determine the critical point of fracture. For this reason, accurate estimation of the crack driving force for pipelines with a crack in girth weld is highly required. This paper gives the newly developed J-integral and crack-tip opening displacement (CTOD) estimation in a strain-based scheme for pipelines with an internal surface crack in girth weld under axial displacement and internal pressure. For this purpose, parametric finite element analyses have been systematically carried out for a set of pipe thicknesses, crack sizes, strain hardening, overmatch, and internal pressure conditions. Using the proposed solutions, tensile strain capacities (TSCs) were quantified by performing crack assessment based on crack initiation and ductile instability and compared with TSCs from curved wide plate tests to confirm their validity.