Safety is at the core of the work that AGA’s more than 200 member companies do as they deliver clean natural gas to more than 177 million Americans every day. Our customers are our employees, family and neighbors. For generations, natural gas utilities have served communities and supported families through good paying jobs and the opportunity for career advancement.
We have seen an alarming rise in the number of incidents across the nation where individuals have threatened the health and safety of workers building natural gas pipelines. We have received reports of bomb threats, vehicular assault, employee tools and materials being stolen or vandalized in broad daylight and the ultimate tragedies, several homicides.
This is unconscionable. No one should fear that type of violence while doing their job. Further, damaging natural gas pipelines poses enormous risk which could result in harm to people, property and our environment.
The American Gas Association supports a bipartisan letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, led by Congressman Ken Buck, R-Colo. and signed by 84 members of Congress, requesting information on the specific mechanisms in place to prosecute those who attempt to intentionally harm pipeline workers or damage the pipeline infrastructure they are constructing.
America’s natural gas utilities make a commitment to their employees and their families that they will be safe while they are at work. We at AGA are doing our part to help them keep that commitment.