The current pipeline safety law is working, and congressional passage of pipeline safety reauthorization this year will send a positive message about this fact, and emphasize the commitment that Congress and all the industry stakeholders have to securing the safety of the nation’s pipeline system,
Washington, DC— The American Gas Association (AGA) was on Capitol Hill again today urging members of Congress to move swiftly in reauthorizing pipeline safety legislation, which has significantly improved transportation of energy in the United States.
In a pipeline safety hearing held today by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation’s Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security, Rocco D’Alessandro, executive vice president of operations for Nicor Gas (IL), testified on behalf of AGA. During his testimony, Mr. D’Alessandro stressed the commitment to safety from the natural gas community and the importance of pipeline safety reauthorization.
“The current pipeline safety law is working, and congressional passage of pipeline safety reauthorization this year will send a positive message about this fact, and emphasize the commitment that Congress and all the industry stakeholders have to securing the safety of the nation’s pipeline system,” said Mr. D’Alessandro. “We look forward to continuing to work with Congress to secure reauthorization of the law this year.”
In 2006, Congress passed HR 5782, or the PIPES Act, which included provisions such as Excavation Damage Prevention, Distribution Integrity Management Programs (DIMP), Excess Flow Valves and Control Room Management, which have enhanced the safety of distribution pipelines.
“Natural gas utilities have long made safety their number one priority,” said Mr. D’Alessandro. “Our industry spends an estimated $7 billion each year on safety-related activities such as rigorous system inspections, testing, maintenance and repair. Safety is a source of pride and a matter of corporate policy for every company.”
Natural gas utilities operate approximately 2 million miles of distribution pipeline that serve 70 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in the United States.
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The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents 195 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 70 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 91 percent — more than 64 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets almost one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.