AGA Members Are Ready to Implement New Pipeline Valve Requirements

News Release April 05, 2022

Washington, D.C. – American Gas Association (AGA) members stand ready to implement new requirements for automatic and remotely controlled shut-off valves as part of our ongoing commitment to enhancing safety. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced a new rule regarding the installation of remotely controlled or automatic shut-off valves, or alternative equivalent technologies, on new and fully replaced onshore natural gas transmission pipelines, carbon dioxide pipelines, and hazardous liquid pipelines.      

 Safety is our top priority, and we are glad to see that PHMSA listened to industry’s input when finalizing the requirements that allow for faster response and help minimize the risk to the communities our members serve. The changes within the final regulation continue to help move the needle on safety,  while ensuring AGA’s members are maintaining reliable and affordable natural gas service,” said Christina Sames, AGA’s Senior Vice President, Safety, Operations and Security. 

 AGA’s Commitment to Enhancing Safety, Environmental Stewardship and Security, adopted in 2012 and most recently updated in 2021, includes voluntary actions adopted by AGA members for the purpose of improving safety, continuing to protect the environment, and increasing the security of all pipeline facilities. 

 America’s natural gas utilities invest $91 million every day on enhancing the safety of natural gas distribution and transmission systems. 

The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 76 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 95 percent — more than 73 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets more than thirty percent of the United States' energy needs.