NTSB probe will focus future pipeline safety efforts

WASHINGTON— Don Santa, president and CEO of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, today released the following statement in response to the National Transportation Safety Board’s meeting on the San Bruno, California, natural gas pipeline incident:

“We greatly appreciate the dedication of the NTSB to undertaking a thorough investigation and analysis of the complex issues associated with the tragic San Bruno, California, pipeline accident. As we near the one-year anniversary of the San Bruno tragedy, INGAA reiterates its commitment to ensuring that this kind of incident never happens again, and we look to the NTSB report for lessons that can be learned from this event.

“The members of INGAA, which represents the interstate gas transmission industry, already have undertaken comprehensive efforts to achieve greater pipeline safety. Members have agreed to five guiding pipeline safety principles, anchored with a core goal of zero pipeline incidents, and have voluntarily committed to an aggressive action plan to reach this core goal. After further review of NTSB’s recommendations made today, we will release a statement tomorrow that responds specifically to NTSB and our continuous safety improvement efforts.”

For more information on INGAA’s action plan on pipeline safety, please click here.