Pipeline Safety (Pennsylvania)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

EZFeed Policy

Place Pennsylvania

Applies to States or Provinces Pennsylvania
Name Pipeline Safety (Pennsylvania)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Safety and Operational Guidelines
Affected Technologies Natural Gas
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Primary Website http://www.puc.state.pa.us/utility_industry/natural_gas/pipeline_safety.aspx

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source http://www.puc.state.pa.us/filing_resources/issues_laws_regulations/act_127_pipeline_act.aspx,


The Pennsylvania legislature has empowered the Public Utility Commission to direct and enforce safety standards for pipeline facilities and to regulate safety practices of certificated utilities engaged in the transportation of natural gas and other gas by pipeline.

The Commission is authorized to enforce federal safety standards as an agent for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Pipeline Safety. The safety standards apply to the design, installation, operation, inspection, testing, construction, extension, replacement and maintenance of pipeline facilities. The PUC may prescribe additional pipeline safety standards over and above federal standards, provided they are not in conflict.

Whenever the Commission uncovers pipeline safety violations, it is empowered to direct the utility to take necessary steps to correct the violation.

The PUC investigates all methods or practices of pipeline companies, including reports, records and other information. PUC investigators inspect the property, buildings, plants and offices of the pipeline companies and inspect books, records, paper, email and documents relevant to the enforcement of the rules and regulations.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Paul Metro
Department Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission
Division Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement - Pipeline Safety

Phone 717-787-1063

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Gas and Hazardous Liquids Pipelines Act
Date Effective 2011
Date Enacted 2011