Natural Gas Safety

What is Natural Gas?

Natural gas is a nontoxic, colorless fuel, about one-third lighter than air and has no smell in its natural state. Natural gas has limited flammability range and a high ignition point. When mixed with air in the right proportion and ignited by a spark or flame, natural gas will burn or explode. Before natural gas enters the NOPFA pipeline, an odorant is added to make natural gas detectable to sense of smell. 

Natural Gas Pipeline Safety

Northeast Oklahoma Public Facilities Authority transports and delivers natural gas. This is accomplished with an expansive system of distribution pipelines that are located all over Oklahoma. Distribution lines that move natural gas through your town and ultimately deliver the gas to you as you need it are connected to large transmission lines that extend to the majority of the producing areas of Oklahoma. 

NOPFA maintains and constantly monitors more than 935 miles of these lines. You may come in contact with any of our lines, and you need to beware of safety measures related to each.

Excess Flow Valves 

Starting in 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation began enforcing a new safety regulation concerning excess flow valves. This new regulation requires that natural gas supply companies notify all single residence customers of the new law and that the excess flow valve meets minimum federal performance requirements. 

What is an excess flow valve?

An excess flow valve is a device designated to restrict gas flow in a customer's natural gas service line by automatically closing in the event that a service line is broken, completely cut, torn apart or otherwise separated, usually caused by some type of excavation or digging. A natural gas line is the piping from the gas main to the customer's meter setting and runs underground through the customer's yard. Restricting gas flow after a gas service line is damaged may decrease the potential for property damage and/or injury.