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The Safest Way to Deliver Energy

Natural gas is delivered to customers through a 2.6-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 $91 million every day on enhancing the safety of natural gas distribution and transmission systems.

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A Holistic Approach to Improving Pipeline Safety

Pipeline Safety Management Systems (PSMS) or API RP 1173 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.

The Enhanced Peer Review Program:

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

88 peer reviews

Since the national program began in 2015, AGA has administered 88 peer reviews for member companies on 11 different topics.

Raising the Bar

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

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 allows AGA member utilities to consult with peer utility cyber subject matter experts and walk through a comprehensive AGA-developed assessment that aligns with TSA Pipeline Security Guidelines.

Security Through Threat Sharing and Analysis

The Downstream Natural Gas Information Sharing and Analysis Center (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.

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