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Department of Public Service

NYS Pipeline Safety Program

Kevin Speicher

Program Manager
Phone: 518-474-5453
FAX: 518-473-5625

3 Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12223

The Commission is responsible for developing and enforcing safety standards for natural gas, hazardous liquid, and steam distribution pipelines located within the state. New York State pipeline safety program also inspects the portions of interstate natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines located within New York State on behalf of the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) under an Interstate Agency Agreement with the USDOT. Although the NYS Department of Public Service (NYSDPS) conducts the inspections of interstate pipeline located within NYS, PHMSA sets the minimum safety standards and retains all enforcement authority with respect to interstate pipeline companies.

NYS Department of Public conducts audits and inspections of regulated pipeline companies to evaluate compliance with Federal and State Pipeline Safety Regulations. Regulated pipeline companies deliver energy services which include:
    • Natural Gas (NG) which include:
        • Local Distribution Companies (LDCs),
        • Municipal Gas Systems,
        • Intrastate Transmission Companies,
        • Interstate Transmission Companies,
        • Intrastate Storage Companies,
        • Interstate Storage Companies, and
        • Gas Gathering Line Companies.
    • Hydrogen Gas Transmission Line Companies
    • Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Storage Companies
    • Liquid (or Liquefied) Petroleum Gas (LPG)
    • Hazardous Liquid Trunk (or Transmission) Line Companies, and
    • Steam
NYS has:
    • 11 Large NG LDCs,
    • 6 smaller NG LDCs,
    • 3 municipal NG LDCs,
    • 15 intrastate NG Transmission Line companies,
    • 11 interstate NG Transmission Line companies,
    • 4 intrastate Hazardous Liquid (HL) Transmission Line Companies,
    • 6 interstate HL Transmission Line Companies,
    • 3 intrastate LNG facilities,
    • 2 Hydrogen Gas Transmission Line Companies, and
    • one large Steam LDC.

In total there are more than:
    • 4,550 miles of NG transmission lines,
    • 48,680 miles of NG distribution mains,
    • 3,210,800 natural gas service lines, and
    • 1,150 miles of HL trunk lines.

The Commission also has responsibility for developing and enforcing regulations for the protection of underground facilities known as Part 753 or Code Rule 53 and more commonly referred to as 811, Call Before You Dig, or Dig Safely. NYS has two One Call Notification Centers covering the state. Excavators may provide notice of intent to excavate by contacting the appropriate One Call Notification Center. Dig Safely NY (, 811 or 800-962-7962) covers all counties except Bronx, Kings, New York, Kings, Richmond, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk. New York 811 ( or 811) covers all of New York City (Bronx, Kings, New York, Kings, Richmond, and Queens counties) and Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk counties)

Pipeline Safety Regulations
Title 16 NYCRR
49 CFR
Incorporated By Reference
Notice of Interruption of Service (Natural Gas)
Transmission and Distribution of Gas
Inspection and Maintenance of Gas Holders*
Liquefied Petroleum Gas Plants*
Transportation of Liquid Petroleum (Hazardous Liquid Pipelines)
Liquefied Natural Gas
Piping Beyond the Meter
(Natural Gas)
Drug and Alcohol Testing
Part 40
Part 199
Distribution of Steam
Protection of Underground Facilities

* All jurisdictional facilities have been decommissioned. Regulations have not yet been repealed.

Historical Note: Part 260 contained regulations related to Synthetic Gas Plants (Manufactured Gas).

NYS Siting Process for Pipelines

The siting of major pipelines used in intrastate commerce purposes in NYS is through an Article VII proceeding. Please see Article VII Major Electric and Gas Transmission Facilities for more information on this process. For pipelines, used for interstate commerce purposes, siting and routing is performed under Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s jurisdiction. For more information about the Federal siting process, please visit FERC’s website:

Within NYS, Gas Corporations are entities that own and operate gas plant (e.g. any facility to be used for the manufacture, conveying, transportation, distribution, sale or furnishing of gas (natural or manufactured or mixture of both) for light, heat or power). Pursuant to Public Service Law ž68, no gas corporation shall begin construction of gas plant without first having obtained the permission and approval of the commission. The process of obtaining this permission is referred to as Section 68 Proceeding and leads to the granting of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN). Once granted, pipeline company may begin construction and operation within the limitations of the CPCN, which generally includes authority to construct pipelines not covered under the Article VII process.

Key Pipeline Safety Program Staff
Phone: 518-474-5453
FAX: 518-473-5625

3 Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12223

Suresh Thomas
Utility Supervisor – Downstate

Jonathan Mercurio
Field Supervisor – NYC & LI Office
Counties: Manhattan, Kings, Queens, Richmond, Bronx, Nassau, Suffolk
Arpit Mehta
Field Supervisor – Lower Hudson Office
Counties: Orange, Rockland, Westchester
Michael Moll
Field Supervisor – Albany Office
Counties: Dutchess, Greene, Putnam, Sullivan, Ulster

Brett Mahan
Utility Supervisor – Upstate

Michael Moll
Field Supervisor – Albany Office
Counties: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Putnam, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, Washington, Essex
Field Supervisor – Syracuse Office
Counties: Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Franklin, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Oswego, Otsego, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Yates
Kristi Fogle
Field Supervisor – Buffalo Office
Counties: Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming

Jeffrey Kline
Support Supervisor – Main Office
Rulemakings and Damage Prevention Enforcement

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