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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.

Name Email Number
Jeff Baggett, Supervisor jbaggett@psc.state.ga.us 404.694.4079
Lynn Buffington, Inspector lynnb@psc.state.ga.us 404.444.4633
Josh Lairsey, Inspector jlairsey@psc.state.ga.us 404.291.7746
John McCarter, Inspector johnm@psc.state.ga.us 404.444.4632
Mike Semasky, Inspector msemasky@psc.state.ga.us 404.291.9460
Mikel Small, Inspector msmall@psc.state.ga.us 404.291.9498
Alan Towe, Inspector alant@psc.state.ga.us 404.444.4635
Washington, DC
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phmsa.pipelinesafety@dot.gov 800.424.8802

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