National Fuel has been building and operating natural gas pipelines for more than a century. Our highest priority is the safety of our customers, employees and the communities we serve. We are proud of our safety record and have a well-established culture of continuous improvement in all aspects of safety. To that end, we consistently meet or exceed safety targets established by various regulators and spend millions of dollars annually on system improvements and maintenance.
Federal and state pipeline safety codes require that utilities and pipeline operators comply with extensive requirements for design, construction, testing, inspection, and operations and maintenance of facilities up to and including customer meters. In carrying out our responsibilities, it is important that we regularly communicate with stakeholders involved in or affected by pipeline safety.
PUBLIC EDUCATION AND PUBLIC AWARENESS PROGRAMS
National Fuel's pipeline public awareness programs are designed to enhance public safety by increasing the public's knowledge of pipeline locations and safety issues. By sharing information with property owners, businesses, excavators, emergency responders, public officials and other interested parties, National Fuel endeavors to raise the awareness of our pipeline facilities and help the public better understand the role they can play in pipeline safety.
Click here for a brochure on Natural Gas Pipeline Safety to review printed material on public awareness and pipeline safety. Click here for additional pipeline awareness information and resources through the Northeast Gas Association's Public Awareness website. Click here for information on the downward trend of pipeline leaks.
SMELL GAS? LEAVE FAST!
ALTHOUGH LEAKS ON NATURAL GAS PIPELINES ARE INFREQUENT, IT IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO BE OBSERVANT FOR SIGNS OF A LEAK AND TO KNOW THE APPROPRIATE STEPS TO TAKE WHEN A LEAK IS SUSPECTED.
THERE ARE SEVERAL INDICATORS OF NATURAL GAS PIPELINE LEAKS:
IF YOU THINK YOU HEAR, SMELL OR SEE A LEAK:
CONTRACTOR SAFETY AND NATURAL GAS
It is imperative that contractors and excavators use caution and work safely around natural gas pipelines or other facilities. The following steps are important for any excavation work:
Since most pipelines are buried underground, pipeline markers as pictured here are used to indicate their approximate locations along routes. They cannot be relied upon to indicate the exact position of pipelines. The markers can be found where pipelines intersect streets, highways or railways.
Any markers should display the material transported in the line, the name of the pipeline operator, and a telephone number where the operator can be reached in the event of an emergency. If you're unsure, CALL US at 800-365-3234.
Click Here to identify the location of pipelines in your area by accessing the National PipelineMapping System (NPMS) Public Viewer. If you have a need for more precise information on the location of the pipeline facilities, contact us at 800-365-3234 and arrangements will be made to have a company representative show you where the pipeline facilities are located.
INFORMATION FOR DEVELOPERS AND BOARDS
While new developments and pipelines can safely coexist, it is extremely important to thoroughly consider natural gas pipelines when developing building or construction plans. To promote responsible land development near pipelines, the Pipeline and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA) has developed recommended practices for property developers and planning boards on building safely near natural gas pipelines. National Fuel encourages all stakeholders within its service territory to become aware of and of and implement the PIPA Recommended Practices where appropriate.
The following steps are important when developing building or construction plans:
INFORMATION FOR FIRST RESPONDERS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES
First responders (e.g. police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel) may confront natural gas safety hazards when responding to emergencies. First responders must be prepared for varying levels of incidents that could involve natural gas. National Fuel’s goal is to help first responders work safely in emergencies where natural gas facilities are involved.
The following information will help first responders prepare for such events:
THE LOCATION OF NATURAL GAS PIPELINES
AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN
FORMAL TRAINING ON HOW TO PROPERLY HANDLE A NATURAL GAS EMERGENCY
- For more information, call 814-837-9585 ext. 228.
IF A POTENTIAL GAS LEAK HAS BEEN REPORTED TO YOUR AGENCY…
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FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PIPELINE SAFETY, CLICK ANY OF THE LINKS BELOW