Pipeline Safety Division

 

Welcome to the IURC’s Pipeline Safety Division webpage, where you will find information regarding pipeline safety investigations, Indiana’s “Call Before You Dig” law, industry reports and federal data, and administrative materials and forms for system operators.

Indiana’s Pipeline Safety Division receives its federal authority from the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct inspections, investigate incidents, and enforce federal safety regulations and state statutes and rules. The division also monitors and evaluates regulatory and policy initiatives and advises the Commission about proceedings initiated by Indiana’s system operators. It is also responsible for educating public officials and emergency responders on how to recognize, report, and respond to gas-related emergencies.

Additionally, the division is responsible investigating alleged violations of Indiana's Damage to Underground Facilities Act (IC ch. 8-1-26) and reporting its findings to the Underground Plant Protection Advisory Committee.

Announcements

The IURC’s Pipeline Safety Division has completed its investigations into the 20 incidents of gas line damages involving MetroNet contractors in the cities of Carmel and Fishers that occurred this summer. In these incidents, 10 were found to be excavator violations, 6 were found to be operator (gas utility) violations, and 4 were found to be no violations under Indiana law. In the below link, you will find an investigation summary, which includes an outline of the findings by the Pipeline Safety Division, as well as options for corrective actions and standards that the cities of Carmel, Fishers, and Westfield can ask of MetroNet before continuing its work in their communities. This link also includes the investigation reports for each incident, which will be forwarded to the Underground Plant Protection Advisory Committee (UPPAC) for penalty consideration.

An important finding of the Pipeline Safety Division is that five of the six subcontractors used by MetroNet in these 20 incidents were not registered with the Indiana Secretary of State’s office. In the link, you will find a letter that Chairman Jim Atterholt sent to Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill this morning referring these five companies for possible civil penalties up to $10,000. In the letter, Chairman Atterholt said, “This failure to comply with Indiana law makes the Pipeline Safety Division’s important public safety function more difficult.” Please find below this attachment, as well as a background document on pipeline safety in Indiana.

IURC Investigation Summary and Options re: MetroNet's Construction Activities

Background - Pipeline Safety in Indiana

Indiana's Damage to Underground Facilities Act

Pipeline Safety Rules, Statistics, and Analysis

  • Title 49: Transportation, Part 192 - Transportation of Natural Gas and Other Gas by Pipeline: Minimum Federal Safety Standards: Link
  • Pipeline Safety Division Enforcement Activity: Statistics (PSD Enforcement Activity)
  • Interstate Pipeline Construction in Indiana: Guidelines and Projects

Industry Reports and Federal Data

Additional Resources

2015 Pipeline Safety/PHMSA Seminar Presentations | PHMSA Regulatory Updates | Tank Juris Binder | O&M Specificity | Failure Investigation | What's Wrong With This Picture?

To contact staff members within the IURC’s Pipeline Safety Division, please click here. For additional information about the pipeline safety industry and regulation, please click here.