Gas Transmission Pipeline Safety Rule is a Consensus Approach

News Release September 25, 2019

Washington, DC — The American Gas Association (AGA) welcomes the gas transmission pipeline safety rule from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) which represents a consensus approach to enhancing the safety of transporting America's abundance of natural gas. PHMSA released a trio of rules intended to continue to improve the safety and resiliency of our vast energy delivery infrastructure to keep pace with increased supply and demand.

"This significant update to pipeline safety regulations is the culmination of years of work by government, industry and pipeline safety advocates," said AGA President and CEO Karen Harbert. "We applaud PHMSA and everyone who participated in the process for a final rule that brings certainty to our industry and everyone that works to deliver natural gas to customers throughout the country that want it."

The Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee provided PHMSA with recommendations on the technical feasibility, reasonableness, cost-effectiveness and practicability of the proposed rule and recommendations to support finalizing the rule.

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 72 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets more than thirty percent of the United States' energy needs.