The Pipeline Safety Department administers the Oklahoma Corporation Commission's intrastate regulatory program to assure the safe transportation of natural gas, petroleum, and other hazardous materials by pipeline. The Commission develops regulations and other approaches to assure safety in design, construction, testing, operation, maintenance, and emergency response to pipeline facilities. The Commission derives its authority over intrastate pipeline operations through state statutes and certification agreements with the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The Commission's safety jurisdiction over pipelines covers more than 240 intrastate gathering, transmission, and distribution operators and 16 intrastate hazardous liquid operators. More than 39,000 miles of pipeline are subject to the Commission's jurisdiction.
The Department currently has 11 employees working within the gas and hazardous liquid pipeline safety programs to carry out the mandated regulatory and enforcement responsibilities of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.