Who we are
Mayors Council on Pipeline Safety (MCPS) is a national, bipartisan team of mayors, elected officials, fire chiefs, first responders, government and non-government organizations, educators and citizens. Our goal is to achieve safer American communities through collaborative efforts.
We will define and develop pipeline safety protocols specific to American cities that start with the grass roots and influence the advancement of safety recommendations into active and required best practices.
In a time of aging gas pipeline infrastructure and widespread pipeline build out, public safety is our first priority. This web site intends to provide easy access to a support network for MCPS (Mayor’s Council Pipeline Safety) team members across the country.
What we do
We initially defined a “short list” of priorities in order to assure success. The list over time for the MCPS to address will be lengthy and will grow. We proposed to begin with:
- Leak detection:
- mandates for upgrading leak detection protocol
- standardization of national regulatory leak detection class
- leak detection monitoring outside utility dictates
- regulation on frequency of surveys
- Mandates for automatic shut off valves
- Injunctive relief and prescriptive measures that ensure the safety of our citizens
In two 2014-2015 US DOT PHMSA TAG applications, MCPS was awarded funds to address:
- In leak detection: research and define recommendations for clear definitions and minimum regulations of what qualifies as a leak, how leaks are classified, and what is done about discovered leaks.
- In distribution lines: conduct a needs assessment for a national campaign on safety regulations based on more consistent and prescriptive distribution line regulations, such as national regulatory standards for leak detection class; leak detection monitoring outside utility dictates, regulations on frequency of surveys; use of plastic vs steel in replacement of aging systems and new systems.
- Research for development of a model Urban Pipeline Initiative in which utilities and cities share pipeline mapping information
- Research, gather and analyze existing best practices for gas leak/explosion response and produce recommendations for prescriptive response best practices specific to urban communities.
- Review current automatic shut off valve studies and/or initiatives to produce recommendations for prescriptive use of automatic shut off valves.
The inaugural 2015 MCPS Conference focused on these initiatives, bringing together federal, state, local, NGO experts to share perspectives in a Chatham House Rule environment created to enhance open transparency. Grant work and recommendations will be complete by December 2015.