Pipeline Integrity

Safety Goals

Safety and environmental performance are our top priorities. Ensuring the integrity of our pipeline systems enables Northeast Oklahoma Public Facilities Authority (NOPFA) to successfully meet our goal of delivering natural gas service with no adverse effect on the public, our customers, employees or the environment.

To further support this goal, NOPFA has been working with regulators and other pipeline operators to develop a more systematic approach to pipeline safety and integrity management.

Pipeline Safety Bill

This collaboration produced the Pipeline Safety Bill H.R. 3609, "The Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002," which was signed into law by President George W. Bush in December 2002. One of the provisions of the act required the Secretary of Transportation to issue regulations defining integrity management programs prescribing the standards for conducting a risk analysis and the adoption and implementation of an integrity management program for natural gas pipelines.

Developing Safety Programs

In December 2003, the Office of Pipeline Safety issued a final rule requiring natural gas pipeline operators to develop integrity management programs (IMP) for gas transmission pipelines located in high-consequence areas.