Pipeline Safety

The Commission's Gas Safety Division, which is a part of the Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement, is responsible for enforcing federal and Commission pipeline safety regulations as they apply to the certificated natural gas utilities in Pennsylvania.  The Gas Safety Division also enforeces federal pipeline safety laws as they relate to non-public utility gas and hazardous liquids pipeline equipment and facilities in Pennsylvania.

The Gas Safety Division monitors compliance with these regulations by conducting frequent inspections of pipeline facilities and records of regulated gas utilities.  It also investigates incidents which could include fires, explosion,s and major outages.

 

Inspection Search

Public Utility Commission's Pipeline Safety Division conducts routine inspections such as design, construction, and operation or special inspections on state-regulated natural gas pipelines, hazardous liquid pipelines, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants.  The inspection search can be conducted by either typing in address or by operator name.

 

Cybersecurity

The PUC’s Cyber Team, created in 2012, is comprised of staff from the Office of the Executive Director, the Bureau of Audits, the Office of Management Information Systems, the Bureau of Technical Utility Services, the Law Bureau and the Office of Communications. The team meets bi-weekly or as necessary and provides recommendations to Commissioners for cybersecurity-related initiatives such as training, communications, etc.

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Small & Medium Pennsylvania Utilities - Second Edition, October 2015. The guide outlines red flags to look for and ways to prevent identity or property theft; how to manage vendors and contractors who may have access to a company’s data; what to know about anti-virus software and much more.

Gov. Tom Wolf proclaimed October 2016 Cybersecurity Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.

On Oct. 1, 2015, the PUC united state and federal government agencies, utility companies and law enforcement to highlight National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the collaborative work being done to protect Pennsylvania’s critical infrastructure. Event participants included the PUC, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Pennsylvania Office of Administration, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security, the South Central PA Task Force, UGI Utilities Inc., Pennsylvania American Water, Verizon Pennsylvania and PPL Electric Utilities. Press Conference Video