Our Dedication to Natural Gas Safety
The Safest Energy Delivery System in the Nation
Safety is the core value for America's natural gas utilities. The industry takes a number of steps to help maintain a longstanding record of safely and reliably delivering natural gas to homes and businesses across the nation:
- Advancing Regulation. Ongoing collaboration with regulators and key stakeholders helps enhance industry safety. Learn more about safety and regulations.
- Industry Best Practices. AGA's member companies work together to identify and share best practices to help enhance safety and reliability.
- Peer Reviews. Our Peer Review Program is a series of events, each bringing together 12 subject-matter-experts on pipeline operations and safety for four days to share best practices, lessons learned and opportunities for continual improvement. By the end of 2017, AGA members that serve 72 percent of the natural gas customers in the U.S. had participated in a peer review.
- Infrastructure Enhancements. The pipeline industry works diligently to repair, replace or rehabilitate the highest risk infrastructure. Since 1990, natural gas utilities added more than 700,000 miles of distribution and services to serve more than 18 million new customers.
- Modernized Pipeline Materials. In the past decade, natural gas utilities have installed updated plastic pipelines at a rate of more than 30,000 miles per year.
- Research & Development. AGA is dedicated to the pursuit of safety-enhancing technologies. Through collaborative research, we help advance innovative technologies and safety.
With our Safety Culture Statement, all employees of AGA member companies, as well as contractors and suppliers providing services to AGA members, are expected to place the highest priority on employee, customer, public and pipeline safety.
- Employee Safety. Safety statistics show continued improvements in employee safety over the past five years. Our Lessons Learned Database for AGA members ensures that the industry reflects on and learns from all incidents, no matter how minor.
- Public Safety. Our safety efforts have led to a continual improvement in public safety, from production, through transmission and delivery, to use. We work hard to keep the public engaged in our safety efforts, through the Call Before You Dig campaign, and education efforts for kids and adults on what to do if you smell natural gas. Just as important, AGA members work closely with emergency responders on natural gas safety.
- Pipeline Safety. Natural gas utilities spend $22 billion annually to help enhance the safety of natural gas distribution and transmission systems. U.S. Department of Transportation data shows a continual downward trend in pipeline incidents of approximately 10 percent every three years. The dedicated efforts of natural gas utilities have led to an approximately 50 percent decline in pipeline incidents over the past 30 years: this safe industry continues to get safer.