Many people don’t realize the importance of our nation’s natural gas pipeline system. The natural gas industry has a proven record of safety. Each day, the underground invisible network of more than a million miles of pipeline safely carries natural gas from supply areas to customers' homes, businesses and factories across the country.
Our gas control and monitoring center offices operate 24-hours a day, seven days a week. We regularly patrol our pipeline rights-of-way and conduct regular inspections of our pipeline system. Our operation employees receive regular training and are qualified under U.S. Department of Transportation standards for natural gas pipeline operators.
We spend millions of dollars each year in pipeline replacements and upgrades. Employees are on-call at all times to respond to any contingency. In addition, we work with emergency responders to make them aware of our pipelines and how to respond in an emergency.
In accordance with federal regulations, some segments along the pipeline have been designated as High Consequence Areas. We have developed supplemental assessments and prevention plans for these highly populated areas with transmission pipelines.
To learn more, download this printer-friendly Pipeline Safety Brochure, or visit the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Office of Pipeline Safety website. PHMSA is the federal agency that regulates safety aspects of the gas industry.