Welcome to the Kentucky Public Service Commission’s pipeline safety page.
The federal Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968 led to safety standards for pipeline transportation of natural gas. The law established procedures under which states can assume the responsibility for regulation and enforcement. These federal-state partnerships assure uniform nationwide implementation of the pipeline safety program.
In 1970, the Kentucky General Assembly chose the PSC as the state agency that would enforce the federal pipeline safety standards. The PSC is certified by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) as having adopted the minimum federal regulations and established substantially the same enforcement measures as those in the federal pipeline safety statutes. The PSC also must promote damage prevention to underground facilities, cooperate fully in a system of federal monitoring, and maintain and submit required reports. The federal government reimburses Kentucky for up to 80% of the cost of the state pipeline safety program.
For a list of pipeline companies and natural gas distribution entities regulated by the Kentucky Public Service Commission, click here and select categories 300, 310 or 320 and search the selected category. Entities are listed alphabetically within category. For information on a specific entity, including contact information and service area, select the view option for that entity.
STATUTES AND REGULATIONS
The Kentucky Public Service Commission enforces federal and state pipeline safety laws and regulations for intrastate natural gas transmission pipelines and for local natural gas retail distribution systems. The PSC has jurisdiction over 28 intrastate pipeline operators, 21 distribution utilities, 49 municipal distribution systems, and 113 other natural gas operators such as master meter systems and gathering line operators.
Federal pipeline safety regulations are minimum standards to assure safety in design, construction, inspection, testing, operation and maintenance of pipelines. The applicable sections of the Code of Federal Regulations are:49 CFR Parts 190 - 199
- 190 – Enforcement procedures
- 191 – Natural gas reporting requirements
- 192 – Natural gas
- 193 – Liquefied natural gas
- 194 – Response plans for onshore oil pipelines
- 198 – State grants
- 199 – Drug and alcohol testing
Kentucky Revised Statutes
278.470-278.502 Oil and Gas Pipelines and Related Facilities
- 278.470 Companies transporting oil or gas by pipeline are common carriers.
- 278.480 Pipeline companies may deliver oil or gas on order of person in possession.
- 278.485 – “Farm Tap Regulation”
- 278.490 Transportation of oil or gas received from connecting lines.
- 278.495 – Authority to regulate master meters
- 278.502 – Condemnation for pipelines and related facilities, including rights of ingress and egress.
- 278.504-278.509 Natural Gas
- 278.504 Definitions for KRS 278.505 to 278.507.
- 278.505 Transportation of natural gas in intrastate commerce by pipelines or local distribution companies with unused excess capacity.
- 278.506 – Gas to meet pipeline quality standards
- 278.507 Public Service Commission's policy to facilitate greater use of natural gas produced in Kentucky
- 278.508 – Exemption of sale of natural gas used as a motor vehicle fuel from regulation
- 278.5085 – Presumption of reasonableness of supply contract for natural gas produced from coal through gasification process.
- 278.509 – Recovery of costs for investment in natural gas pipeline replacement programs.
Kentucky Administrative Regulations
- 807 KAR
For the homepage of the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) click here
For Kentucky-specific information on the PHMSA website, go here
Under Kentucky law, access to information about pipeline locations is limited. For available geographic information, go here and select the Natural Gas tab.
To access the portion of the federal National Pipeline Mapping System that is available to the public, click here
INSPECTION RECORDS AND ACCIDENT REPORTS
Inspection records and accident reports are not currently available online. They can be obtained by filing a request with the Kentucky Public Service Commission under the Kentucky Open Records Act. The request form is available here
Records of Kentucky Public Service Commission pipeline safety enforcement actions are available online. To locate records for a specific company, search for cases involving that company here All case records from 2004 to present can be found. Older cases may be obtained by filing an Open Records Act request.
EXCAVATION DAMAGE DATA
Kentucky requires reporting of all excavation damage incidents. The PSC enforces regulations as they relate to federal and state requirements for natural gas companies concerning damage prevention and public awareness programs. For more information about excavation damage prevention programs in Kentucky, go to the Kentucky 811 website here.
CONTACT INFORMATIONClick here to contact the PSC’s Pipeline Safety Program
ADDITIONAL LINKSKentucky Gas Association
National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives:
NAPSR Compendium of State Initiatives
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
Responses due from all Gas Utility Operators
Below is the NTSB investigation report of the August 10, 2016, gas distribution incident in Silver Spring, MD.The incident involved a mercury service regulator, located inside an apartment building, with an unconnected vent line.As a result of the incident there were 7 fatalities in addition to 65 residents and 3 fire fighters injured due to an accumulation of gas and the resulting explosion.The NTSB investigation identified serious flaws in the inspection of service regulators, that there was no notification to the gas company of a gas odor, and the need for methane detectors.
The NTSB recommendations to PHMSA were:
- Require that all new service regulators be installed outside occupied structures. (P-19-001)
- Require existing interior service regulators be relocated outside occupied structures whenever the gas service line, meter, or regulator is replaced. In addition, multifamily structures should be prioritized over single-family dwellings. (P-19-002)