Our Initiatives

After 13 deaths in San Bruno and Allentown, federal recommendations were made to enhance pipeline safety.

Five years later little has been done; recommendations remain simply recommendations. MCPS saw a need for a dedicated focus on producing clear definitions and minimum prescriptive regulations in each initiative. MCPS is committed to this effort – It’s not just a good idea, someone’s life may depend on it.  We urge you to Join Us.


Shut Off Valves

Presented by: Paul Roberti

Review current automatic shut off valve studies and/or initiatives to produce recommendations for prescriptive use of automatic shut off valves.

Gas Leak Response

Presented by: Sam Hall

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.



Distribution Line

Presented by: David Barnett

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.



Leak Detection

Presented by: Nathan Phillips


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.



Model Urban Pipeline Mapping 

Presented by: Karen Edelstein

Research for development of a model Urban Pipeline Initiative in which utilities and cities share pipeline mapping information