The United States has the largest integrated pipeline system in the world. The safe delivery of natural gas to the millions of American who rely on it every day is our top priority, and America’s natural gas utilities are taking action to further improve the safety of our natural gas distribution and intrastate transmission systems.
In October 2011, AGA unveiled its “Commitment to Enhancing Safety,” which outlined the industry’s continued commitment to improving pipeline safety. We have released an update to that commitment detailing actions that are being addressed by AGA or individual operators that go above and beyond current regulation to help ensure the safe and reliable operation of the nation’s 2.4 million miles of pipeline.
“This document and the actions it lays out are another step in our ongoing mission to operate one of the safest energy delivery systems in the world,” said AGA President and CEO Dave McCurdy.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has emphasized the need to continually focus on safety, and we agree. This is a paramount priority. Natural gas utilities are founded on principles of community stewardship and consistently work to advance the safety of our industry. AGA holds widely attended safety summits throughout the nation and supported the “Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act” which became law at the beginning of this year.