INGAA adopts new pipeline safety guiding principles

April 2011 Vol. 66 No. 4

Interstate Natural Gas Association of America members formally adopted a set of five guiding principles for pipeline safety, renewing the gas-transmission industry’s commitment to safe and reliable pipeline operations.

The guiding principles stem from an INGAA board-level pipeline safety task force, established in December, charged with looking at how to improve the industry’s safety performance and restore public confidence in the natural gas pipeline infrastructure.

“The adoption of these guiding principles is an important first step,” said INGAA President and CEO Don Santa. “The board-level task force will identify specific tasks for achieving each of the guiding principles and establish a timeline for completing those tasks. It also will determine ways to measure success. Our goal is zero incidents. Right now, we don’t have a perfect record, but we are committed to that goal.”