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Operations and Engineering


The Operating Section is comprised of 14 technical committees and three advocacy committees. Our goal is to provide timely and relevant technical information to help our member companies achieve operational excellence in the safe, reliable and efficient delivery of natural gas to their customers. Committee projects and papers are accessible to members. Information is also included on our events and workshops.


Fact Sheet

DOT Operator Qualification

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Operations Committees

The following AGA Committees are managed by AGA's Operations & Engineering Section. A complete listing of all AGA Committees is available here.

In addition, standardized information for all Operations Section committees can be found by clicking here.


Plastic Pipe Database Collection Initiative

A group of representatives of federal and state regulatory agencies and the natural gas and plastic pipe industries have come together and formed The Plastic Pipe Data Collection Initiative (PPDC).


PPDC Status Reports

Status Reports are issued after each PPDC meeting.


PPDC Forms

These are the downloadable forms to submit data to the PPDC and to volunteer. 

Please use the Negative Report Form when you have no failures to report and still want to remain an active submitter.


These PPDC Definitions explain how to complete the report form (see below for download link)



AGA designates a number of awards and commendations each year. Learn more about them here.


Operations Best Practices Program Overview

The Operations Best Practices Program provides members with the opportunity to identify innovative work-practices that can be used to continuously improve gas pipeline operations. To review the process and products of the Operations Best Practices Program, please review the document provided below:

For more information regarding the Operations Best Practices Program Overview, please contact Nneka Assing.


Operations Best Practices Program Process Cycle

The selection of benchmarking topics, the development of program materials, the review of benchmarking data and the selection of innovative practices and companies are all member-driven elements of the Operations Best Practices Program. To review the annual cycle for the Operations Best Practices Program, please review the document provided below:

For more information regarding the Operations Best Practices Program Process Cycle, please contact Nneka Assing.


Distribution Integrity Management Program (DIMP)

AGA will continue its advocacy efforts on this critical issue to ensure the final regulation is reasonable, practicable, and cost-effective for operators.


Responsible Natural Gas Development

The American Gas Association (AGA) believes that the benefits of developing the abundant and clean natural gas energy resource in America can and should be realized. We also believe it can be developed in a responsible manner. Over the past several years a truly game-changing event has occurred in the natural gas industry thanks to improved technologies that are allowing energy producers to access significant and growing supplies of domestic natural gas from shale formations and other unconventional reservoirs.


Gas Distribution Annual Report with Instructions

The revised Distribution Annual Report is attached alongside the form instructions. Please note that all operators are required to submit their forms online.


What Am I Paying for in My Natural Gas Bill? (Energy Analysis 05/31/2011)

When a residential customer gets their natural gas bill, they tend to focus on the total cost of the bill and may not realize that the utility retains only a fraction of the payment as income. In fact, over half of the bill for the typical residential customer goes toward 1) the purchase of gas from a producer or marketer and 2) the delivery of gas to the utility by an inter- or intrastate pipeline. The utility then incurs operational costs to get that gas to the customer, including delivery expenses, measuring the amount of gas consumed, and sending out the bill.

News Release

AGA Report Shows U.S. Has Largest Natural Gas Storage in the World

Washington, D.C. - The United States has the largest storage asset of any country in the world with more than 400 natural gas storage fields. The American Gas Association (AGA) today released its most recent Survey of Underground Storage of Natural Gas in the United States and Canada.