Natural Gas is

The Safest Way to Deliver Energy

Natural gas is delivered to customers through a 2.7-million-mile underground pipeline system. This includes approximately 2.3 million miles of local utility distribution pipelines and 300,000 miles of transmission pipelines that stretch across the country.

America's natural gas utilities invest $0 billion each year in enhancing the safety of natural gas distribution and transmission systems.

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Improving Pipeline Safety

Pipeline Safety Management Systems (PSMS) includes the identification, prevention and remediation of safety hazards.

At the heart of PSMS is a safety culture promoting non-punitive reporting and consistent self-evaluation to help identify top-priority risks, taking steps to reduce these risks in an effort to prevent incidents from occurring. PSMS manages pipeline safety through continuous monitoring and improvement and its “Plan-Do-Check-Act” cycle.

AGA’s PSMS Workshop has been held annually since 2015.

The Enhanced Peer Review Program:

  • Operational Controls, Procedures, System Controls, and Management of Change (MOC)
  • Safety Assurance: Audits, Evaluations, Audit & Evaluation Review/Closure, and Performance Measurement
  • Management Review & Continuous Improvement, Documentation and Record Keeping

Since the national program began in 2015, AGA has administered 135 peer reviews and virtual assessments for member companies on nearly 322 different topics and spoke with more than 1,600 subject matter experts.

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Achieving Excellence

The AGA Peer Review Program is a voluntary safety and operational practices program that allows participating companies to be reviewed by their peers, share leading practices, and identify opportunities to better serve customers and communities.

Each review features a panel of fellow gas utility professionals from North America who provide the company with feedback to help enhance its safety and efficiency.

AGA's Commitment to Cyber and Physical Security

Our commitment to cyber and physical security was developed and adopted to demonstrate dedication to ensuring that natural gas pipeline infrastructure remains resilient to growing and dynamic cyber and physical security threats.

Continuous Improvement

The Peer Cyber Review Program and Physical Security Focus Group allow AGA member utilities to consult with peer utility security subject matter experts and walk through comprehensive, AGA-developed assessments that align with the TSA Pipeline Security Directives and Guidelines.

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Security Through Threat Sharing and Analysis

The Downstream Natural Gas Information Sharing and Analysis Center LLC (DNG-ISAC) is the premiere cyber and physical threat sharing and analysis organization for the natural gas industry in the U.S. and Canada facilitating situational awareness and threat communication between operators and with the federal government.

Natural Gas Exercise (NGX)

In 2024, AGA will host the second Natural Gas Exercise (NGX), a nationwide tabletop drill focused on natural gas distribution and transmission cybersecurity, physical security and business continuity.

Nearly 300 industry and government professionals representing 50 natural gas utilities, transmission companies and municipalities participated in the inaugural event in 2022.

Incident Preparedness

The goal of the exercise is to plan and prepare for a cyber or physical event.

Working Together

Participants represent all parts of the natural gas value chain and the federal government.