The Georgia Public Service Commission's (GPSC or Commission) Facility Protection Unit is
responsible for protecting the public and environment from accidental release of natural gas or other liquid
products by incorporating a technologically advanced compliance program that promotes educational standards
for the industry and contributes to the health and security of Georgia. In addition, the Unit is responsible
for protecting the public from physical harm, preventing injury to persons and property, and averting
interruptions of utility service as a result of damage to utility facilities caused by blasting or excavating
operations. By providing a procedure whereby the location of utility facilities will be made known to persons
planning to engage in blasting or excavating operations, such persons may observe proper precautions with
respect to such utility facilities.
In accordance with the Commission's 5(a) agreement with the Federal Department of Transportation
(DOT) and GPSC Rules, the Commission enforces safety standards outlined by the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of
1968, exercising regulatory jurisdiction over safety of pipelines transporting natural gas in Georgia.
Various safety inspections (operator qualification, operation, maintenance, construction, drug
and alcohol, and accident investigations) are performed on the gas systems in Georgia by the Unit to ensure
compliance with Pipeline Safety Regulations. These inspections help reduce the risk associated with the
transportation of natural gas by pipeline.
As in previous years, our office will continue to conduct investigations of all natural gas
incidents that result in property damage of at least $5,000. The Georgia PSC will also investigate all incidents
that require notice to the Federal Office of Pipeline Safety in accordance with our annual certification and
the Federal Regulations. These investigations will culminate in written reports and pertinent photographs kept
on file in this office with copies available to any interested parties.
All operators are reminded to use one of the following phone numbers to report incidents. Please
refer to your emergency plans for the inspector to contact in your area.