INGAA Foundation Membership
Membership in the INGAA Foundation is open to natural gas pipelines and companies that provide goods and services to natural gas transmission pipelines. Today, the INGAA Foundation has more than 185 member companies representing natural gas pipeline companies, construction companies, engineering firms, pipe and compressor manufacturers, accounting firms, companies providing information technology services and other suppliers of goods and services to the pipeline industry.
INGAA Foundation Studies
The Foundation's primary activity is to sponsor research aimed at promoting natural gas use and safe, efficient pipeline construction and operation. Since 1990, the Foundation has completed over 150 studies, in addition to many projects and workshops which benefit the industry. These projects focus on key industry issues, such as environmental impacts of energy use, improved pipeline construction practices, pipeline safety procedures, new technologies and market opportunities for natural gas.
The Foundation also sponsors briefings and conferences on topics of special interest to its members. These conferences promote information exchange and foster communication among pipelines, contractors, service providers and representatives from government agencies and academic institutions.
The Foundation provides the ideal environment for companies involved in the energy business to gain insights on the fast-changing natural gas industry.
The INGAA Foundation facilitates the safe, efficient, reliable and environmentally responsible design, construction, operation and maintenance of the North American natural gas transmission system to advance the delivery of natural gas for the benefit of the consuming public, the economy and the environment.
The INGAA Foundation is one of the premier sources of trusted analysis, the principal forum for dialogue and collaboration and the leader in identifying and addressing issues of critical importance to the North American natural gas transmission pipeline industry.
INGAA Foundation Guiding Principles
The Foundation has established a set of Guiding Principles to govern its business activities and interactions with others. Existing members are committed to abide by these principles and new members are required to accept them.
SAFE OPERATION IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE DO.
We are committed to making the North American Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline System the safest form of energy transportation. We assess construction and operating risks and develop and implement plans to eliminate or minimize risks and threats to safe operation. We hire, maintain and train a workforce that has the experience, skills and resources to design, construct, operate and maintain a safe pipeline system. We coordinate our efforts amongst pipeline owners, suppliers and customers to achieve consistent safe work practices within our industry. We work to educate the public and public officials about their role in pipeline safety. Our objective is to work in an accident-free environment. We want our employees to return to their homes healthy and free of on-the-job injuries. We work to ensure that our employees follow safety procedures and use the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)for the job. We identify and seek to eliminate unsafe work conditions. Toward that end, we will continue to establish a safety culture within our companies.
WE PROVIDE A RELIABLE AND EFFICIENT NATURAL GAS PIPELINE TRANSMISSION SYSTEM
As a system of pipeline operators and providers of products and services to those operators, our business is moving natural gas to provide North America with a dependable source of energy. Designing and maintaining our pipelines to ensure reliability and efficiency is a basic function and serves our best interests and those of our customers and the communities they serve. We work with local officials and emergency responders to ensure they understand how to prepare for and respond in the event of an emergency.
WE ARE GOOD NEIGHBORS TO LANDOWNERS AND COMMUNITIES
To transport energy, interstate natural gas pipelines must cross private and public lands. We treat the landowners and communities with respect by mitigating impacts, responding to landowner concerns and providing accurate and timely information.
WE COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL REGULATIONS
We establish and enforce company policies and procedures to ensure compliance with all environmental, safety and economic regulatory requirements applicable to the design, construction, maintenance and operation of the pipeline system. We monitor federal and state agency regulatory changes or new regulations for applicability, and ensure they are incorporated in our policies and procedures in a timely manner.
WE ACT WITH INTEGRITY
We deal fairly and honestly with our business partners and stakeholders.