Pipeline Purpose and Reliability

Pipelines are a safe and efficient means of transporting natural gas and petroleum products.  The federal government sets minimum safety standards for all pipelines. The federal government also makes and enforces rules for interstate gas pipelines.  However, in Wisconsin the Public Service Commission (PSC) makes and enforces rules for intrastate (within our state) pipelines. State and federal engineers work together to achieve the goal of public safety.  The PSC's safety program uses a team of engineers.  These engineers spend months in training on gas pipeline safety. They advise gas pipeline operators about gas safety and inspect the gas system and company records. They monitor pipeline construction, operations and maintenance activities.  If it is not exactly right, the make sure it is corrected. Their job is to keep the public safe by enforcing the pipeline safety code. Additional roles of the pipeline safety engineer include: responding to customer complaints; conducting field inspections; complete a comprehensive inspection of every gas utility at least once every three years; review all gas utility's maintenance records every year; review all gas utility construction standards for compliance with applicable safety standards; work wih the US Department of Transportation on interstate pipeline projects in Wisconsin; make unscheduled inspections of utility construction projects; and advise gas operators about pipeline safety.  Florence Utilities prides itself on the safe operation of its natural gas delivery system. Additional information regarding natural gas pipeline safety in Wisconsin can be found at http://psc.wi.gov  and / or phmsa.dot.gov

Contact the Florence Utilities office if you have any questions regarding our natural gas delivery system. 

Phone:    715-528-3330     

Email:     florenceutilities@florenceutilitieswi.gov