Physical Security


The loss of gas supply for an extended period during the winter (and potentially during the summer for regions that rely on gas-fired electric generators to meet peak air conditioning demands) could have an adverse effect on consumers and the economy within a region affected by a gas pipeline disruption. Homeland Security, the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Reliability and pipeline industry personnel routinely work and train to prevent incidents and plan to recover service in the event of an incident.

One good news story is that because of the shift in supply in the United States – from offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and onshore along the Gulf Coast to more diverse onshore areas, including in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Arkansas, northern Texas, the Rockies and others – the natural gas industry is less prone to supply disruptions from hurricanes. The interconnected nature of the pipeline system allows shippers and pipeline operators to divert natural gas to other pipelines in the event of a disruption, Moreover, most natural gas compressor stations – facilities that pressurize and pump gas through the pipelines – operate on natural gas, so even if power is lost because of a storm, these compressors continue to run.