Regulation of Small Liquid Petroleum Gas Pipeline Distribution Systems – New Report Sept. 10

Propane and other types of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) are important fuels for homes and businesses that do not have access to natural gas service.  The majority of LPG is distributed by a single source connected to a single customer, and these single-user systems are not subject to federal pipeline safety regulations.  However, a small but important portion of the total U.S. energy infrastructure network consists of “LPG distribution systems,” which provide liquefied petroleum gas to 100 or fewer customers and are located in mostly rural areas of New England.  Up to 5,800 multi-user LPG pipeline systems exist, and they are subject to specific federal safety regulation administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation.  

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examines the requirements of federal, state, local, and industry safety standards and recommends ways in which to improve the regulatory regime of LPG pipeline distribution systems where appropriate.

Advance copies of Safety Regulation for Small LPG Distribution Systems will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT Friday, Sept. 7. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 10. To obtain a copy, reporters should contact the Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail