The safety of our communities, our employees, our contractors, and our pipeline will always remain a top priority. We will strive to ensure that the construction and operation of our natural gas infrastructure systems meet or exceed all federal and state safety regulations.
- The natural gas system has the best safety record of any energy delivery system according to the National Transportation Safety Board and the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT).
- Federal and state regulations govern the design, construction, operation and maintenance of natural gas pipelines.
Are natural gas pipelines safe?
Pipelines are the safest way to transport natural gas over long distances. Natural gas pipelines are built according to rigorous safety standards and have an outstanding safety record. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the U.S. natural gas pipeline network consists of more than 300,000 miles of interstate and intrastate transmission pipelines.
What measures will Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC take in constructing the proposed pipeline?
Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC (Mountain Valley) will meet or exceed all U.S. DOT safety requirements during construction. Safety will be engineered into all facets of pipeline design, construction and operation. The project will utilize trained and experienced inspectors who will carefully monitor pipeline construction to ensure compliance with safety standards and construction specifications. High-quality steel pipe will be used in the construction of Mountain Valley Pipeline, including adding protective coatings to the pipe during manufacturing. All pipe will be carefully inspected before it is installed to ensure it meets quality standards. After installation all pipeline field welds will be tested and inspected.
Before being placed into operation, the line would be pressure tested to certify integrity. Once in service, the pipeline would be patrolled, monitored, inspected and maintained by the pipeline operator.