Pipeline Safety (Pennsylvania)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
|Applies to States or Provinces||Pennsylvania|
|Name||Pipeline Safety (Pennsylvania)|
|Policy Category||Other Policy|
|Policy Type||Safety and Operational Guidelines|
|Affected Technologies||Natural Gas|
|Implementing Sector|| State/Province
|Program Administrator||Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission|
|Primary Website|| http://www.puc.state.pa.us/utility_industry/natural_gas/pipeline_safety.aspx
|Last Review|| 2014-09-15
The Pennsylvania legislature has empowered the Public Utility Commission to direct and enforce safety standards for pipeline facilities and to regulate safety practices of certificated utilities engaged in the transportation of natural gas and other gas by pipeline.
The Commission is authorized to enforce federal safety standards as an agent for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Pipeline Safety. The safety standards apply to the design, installation, operation, inspection, testing, construction, extension, replacement and maintenance of pipeline facilities. The PUC may prescribe additional pipeline safety standards over and above federal standards, provided they are not in conflict.
Whenever the Commission uncovers pipeline safety violations, it is empowered to direct the utility to take necessary steps to correct the violation.
The PUC investigates all methods or practices of pipeline companies, including reports, records and other information. PUC investigators inspect the property, buildings, plants and offices of the pipeline companies and inspect books, records, paper, email and documents relevant to the enforcement of the rules and regulations.
|Contact Name||Paul Metro|
|Department||Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission|
|Division|| Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement - Pipeline Safety
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||Gas and Hazardous Liquids Pipelines Act|
|Date Enacted|| 2011