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Welcome To Washington Gas

For 160 years Washington Gas has been distributing natural gas to customers in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. We bring natural gas to your home or business safely and reliably.

Safety and Pipeline Integrity

At Washington Gas, safety is our highest priority. Our distribution network is routinely subject to rigorous inspection, maintenance and oversight within the company and at the federal and state level. Paramount is adherence to a federal pipeline integrity management rule that requires periodic pipeline inspections and repairs as necessary.

Washington Gas employs a wide range of safety programs, including:

• Participation in excavation damage prevention initiatives;
• Installing above-ground markers to indicate the location of buried gas lines;
• Performing visual inspections and leak surveys of our system to identify potential problems;
• Maintaining rigid requirements for qualification and inspection of construction techniques used in our system; and
• Supporting research and development focused on inspection technologies, pipeline integrity, corrosion prevention and construction techniques.

Customers can help in our safety efforts. We always encourage our customers to call us at 703-750-1400 or 911 when they suspect a natural gas problem or leak. Our operators are on call 24/7 and Washington Gas will respond quickly to any suspected natural gas leak.

 

Gas Transmission Pipeline Integrity Management Program

Pipeline Integrity Management Program

In December 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law the Pipeline Safety Bill H.R. 3609, the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 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 requiring the adoption and implementation of an integrity management program for natural gas transmission pipelines.

In May 2004, the Office of Pipeline Safety issued an amended final rule requiring natural gas pipeline operators to develop integrity management programs for the gas transmission pipelines located in areas of residential, commercial, and public use. In order to develop an approach for pipeline safety, Washington Gas has created an Integrity Management Program (IMP) that meets or exceeds the intent of the integrity management regulations. The IMP will be refined continually as it moves from its framework to a comprehensive program.

Washington Gas places the highest priority on safety and compliance and supports the goals of improving pipeline safety as well as raising the public's confidence about the safety of pipelines.

If you have additional questions or want to learn more about our Transmission Integrity Management Program, please contact our staff by e-mailing Reese Lucas at rlucas@washgas.com.