About AGA’s Security Efforts
AGA‘s security initiatives and actions help ensure that Federal policies and programs address the physical and cyber infrastructure security concerns of natural gas utilities.
Federal oversight of natural gas utility security is a shared responsibility of various Federal agencies. The Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21) identifies 16 critical infrastructure sectors, with natural gas utilities falling under the Energy Sector, the Transportation Systems Sector, and the Chemical Sector. AGA is a primary resource for its members to stay abreast of Federal government security-related initiatives coming from these agencies. This effort requires close coordination with:
- The U.S. Department of Energy, which is the Energy Sector-Specific Agency (SSA) that has the responsibility to ensure the nation’s energy security posture.
- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transportation Security Administration, which has authority over pipeline security.
- The DHS Infrastructure Security Compliance Division, which has chemical security authority, including LNG, propane peak-shaving and underground natural gas storage.
- The United States Coast Guard, which has maritime facility security authority.
AGA is an active member of the Oil & Natural Gas Sector Coordinating Council (ONG SCC), contributing to the effective and productive public-private partnership of the ONG SCC and Federal government representatives. AGA is also active in security-related activities of other organizations, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and sister energy trade associations.
All AGA full and limited members are encouraged to actively participate in the AGA Natural Gas Security Committee (NGSC).
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