Gas Pipeline Safety Division

The Gas Pipeline Safety Division (GPS) is responsible for the application, oversight and enforcement of pipeline safety regulations under W. Va. Code §24B and is certified annually under 49 USC §60105 by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA), Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS). The GPS Division oversees safety compliance with 49 CFR 191, 192, 195 and 199 for over 14,200 miles of intrastate natural gas and hazardous liquids transmission and regulated gathering pipelines and natural gas distribution pipelines. On an as needed basis, the GPS may inspect interstate transmission pipelines as an agent for PHMSA.

All GPS inspectors are trained in Federal pipeline regulation at the PHMSA Training Facility in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The required training must be successfully completed in three years and inspectors must meet minimum requirements prior to being allowed to inspect pipelines. Inspectors perform regularly scheduled (approximately every 18 to 24 months) inspections of all operators of intrastate natural gas and hazardous liquids transmission and regulated gathering pipelines and natural gas distribution pipelines and master meter systems to determine compliance with Federal and State regulations.

In 2016, the GPS Division performed approximately 100 scheduled compliance inspections on a variety of pipeline topics. GPS may conduct additional inspections based on complaints from the public, reports from other State agencies or as a follow up to previous inspections. Inspectors may lead or assist with accident investigations to determine the cause of the accident and to evaluate adherence to the required regulations. Unsatisfactory inspections may result in a variety of enforcement actions that are available to the GPS Division to ensure compliance with the pipeline safety regulations.

Pipeline operators are required to meet specific reporting requirements for certain events that occur on their pipeline facilities. GPS has established a 24-hour emergency phone number to facilitate operators' notification to GPS of these events.

If the individual has a link associated with their name, then you can send them an email, using our internal form.

Telephone Directory
Name Title Number
Gas Pipeline Safety
24 Hour Emergency Reporting (Operators Only)   (304) 340-0486
Fax   (304) 340-0452
Director (304) 340-0770
Manager (304) 340-0813
Gas Pipeline Safety Inspectors
Inspector (304) 340-0813
Inspector (304) 340-0814
Inspector (304) 340-0393
Inspector (304) 340-0399
Inspector (304) 340-0878
Inspector (304) 340-0417