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Natural Gas Safety Program


Jurisdiction: All investor-owned utilities.

Regulations: Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 190, 191, 192, 193, and 199. CPUC General Order No. 112-E (PDF file).

The USRB enforces Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations through its natural gas safety program. The USRB administers its natural gas safety program by auditing the facilities of investor-owned natural gas utilities in California for compliance with the applicable codes. The audit consists of reviewing operation and maintenance records, evaluating emergency procedures, and performing random field inspections of the natural gas facilities. Investor-owned utilities are generally audited once every two years; however, the utility may be audited more frequently depending on the results of the audit.

In addition to these audits, the USRB conducts accident investigations, responds to safety related complaints, inspects new construction, and ensures that the safety regulations reflect state of the art changes in materials, equipment, and technology.




On August 1, 2008 the Commission granted The Utilities Safety and Reliability Branch authority to cite and fine propane operators who are non-compliant with the Commission’s Propane Safety Program.

Resolution USRB-001


Last Modified: 6/25/2009

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