Pipeline Integrity Management
Safety and environmental performance are our top priorities. Ensuring the integrity of our pipeline systems enables Kansas Gas Service 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, Kansas Gas Service has been working with regulators and other pipeline operators to develop a more systematic approach to pipeline safety and integrity management.
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.
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.
Kansas Gas Service has created an integrity management program that meets or exceeds the requirements of the integrity management regulations.
Our Integrity Management Program
The primary goal of our IMP is the safe, reliable operation of the pipeline system. We support this intent by using a systematic, comprehensive approach to manage the safety and integrity of our pipeline systems. Our current integrity management program identifies multiple elements that define how the company works to prevent leaks, determine pipelines that could affect high-consequence areas, and identify evaluation and improvement opportunities to lower the operating risks of the pipeline. We plan to continually refine our program as the IMP moves from its framework to a more comprehensive program.