Maintaining Pipes: Peoples Pipeline Integrity Programs
Peoples places the highest priority on the safe operation of our pipeline system.
Peoples Integrity Management Program
Peoples has an Integrity Management Program, designed to monitor transmission pipelines in our service areas. The plan outlines methods for handling threats and maintaining the integrity of the pipeline. Our program includes procedures and practices that ensure the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to our customers. Here is a list of some of these procedures and practices:
All of Peoples' pipelines operate at closely monitored pressures within the parameters established by the U.S. Department of Transportation. We monitor our system 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, so that any changes in the system may be dealt with in a prompt fashion.
Computer-assisted control centers with the ability to detect and interpret changes in line pressure.
Periodic in-line inspections.
Periodic aerial patrols to monitor our Right of Ways.
Ground patrols to inspect situations that may affect the buried pipelines.
Trained maintenance personnel to service and monitor stations along the pipelines.
Transmission Integrity Management Program
The Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 mandates certain pipeline regulations and additional communication with businesses and residents in "High Consequence Areas" along natural gas transmission pipelines. These areas:
Meet certain population density criteria
Contain populations of impaired mobility, such as hospitals and schools
Are where people congregate, such as parks and stadiums
Peoples Distribution Integrity Management Program
The Peoples Distribution Integrity Management Program (DIMP) began in 2011, and is dedicated to the safe operation of the Distribution System that delivers natural gas to our customers. A committed staff maintains the integrity of the system, and ensures the safe delivery of natural gas to our customers. All employees are involved in Distribution Integrity. The DIMP Plan, managed by a team of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), meets all the requirements of the code.
Public Awareness Program - RP 1162
Peoples maintains a Public Awareness Program to share safety and pipeline information with the public in accordance with RP 1162 guidance.