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Emergency Responders

SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY!

We protect our pipelines and the community we serve through employee training, inspections and regular maintenance.  Our personnel are trained to respond and communicate with emergency response agencies within the incident command structure.

In addition to our ongoing safety and Integrity Management Procedures, we rely on local emergency responders to notify us when they observe potential damage or dangers to our facilities, including right-of-way violations that could endanger public safety.


Natural Gas Properties

Natural Gas is all natural and inherently SAFE! Composed primarily of methane gas, natural gas is lighter than air, burns cleanly, and if released, rises and dissipates safely into the atmosphere. York County Natural Gas Authority (YCNGA) is committed to ensuring the safe, reliable and environmentally sound transmission of natural gas.

  • Natural gas is composed primarily of methane gas and is lighter than air.
  • Natural gas in a confined space will displace oxygen acting as an asphyxiant.
  • Natural gas has a flammable concentration range between about 4% and 15% gas to air. At concentrations below 4% or above 15%, natural gas will not burn.
  • Natural gas ignition temperatures can range between 900 and 1,170 degrees.
  • Leaking gas can move laterally or migrate upward when underground or in enclosed spaces and accumulate in storm drains, construction trenches, buildings, and other utility lines. As gas concentrations rise or fall, they can pass through the explosive range.

Responding to a
Natural Gas Emergency

The following are some guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Secure the area around the leak to a safe distance. This could include evacuating people from homes, businesses, schools and other locations, erecting barricades, controlling access to the emergency site, and similar precautions.
  • If the pipeline leak is not burning, take steps to prevent ignition. This could include prohibiting smoking, rerouting traffic, and shutting off the electricity and residential gas supply.
  • If the pipeline leak is burning, take steps to prevent secondary fires, but DO NOT attempt to extinguish a pipeline fire unless asked to do so by pipeline company personnel.
  • Contact the pipeline company as quickly as possible. Pipeline marker signs show the pipeline company’s name and emergency telephone number.

Responding to a Natural Gas Emergency
The following are some guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Secure the area around the leak to a safe distance. This could include evacuating people from homes, businesses, schools and other locations, erecting barricades, controlling access to the emergency site, and similar precautions.
  • If the pipeline leak is not burning, take steps to prevent ignition. This could include prohibiting smoking, rerouting traffic, and shutting off the electricity and residential gas supply.
  • If the pipeline leak is burning, take steps to prevent secondary fires, but DO NOT attempt to extinguish a pipeline fire unless asked to do so by pipeline company personnel.
  • Contact the pipeline company as quickly as possible. Pipeline marker signs show the pipeline company’s name and emergency telephone number.

Consulting & Training
We’re Here to Help!

York County Natural Gas Authority personnel are available to provide training to local emergency responders on how to safely handle a natural gas or pipeline emergency. Feel free to contact us for more information or to schedule a training session.

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Contact: Glen Boatwright

Director of Regulatory Compliance
York County
Natural Gas Authority
  (803) 323-5439
  Email

Contact: Glen Boatwright

Director of Regulatory Compliance
York County
Natural Gas Authority
  (803) 323-5439
  Email

Download our Regulatory Compliance Emergency Management Consulting Services Brochure

Get News, Tips & Information
For Emergency Responders

We want you to be aware of our pipelines and facilities and be prepared to respond if necessary to a natural gas emergency.

If you are an Emergency Responder, please print and read our e-news which is published twice a year.

Issue 10 »Spring 2020


Issue 9 »Fall 2019

Issue 8 »Fall 2018 

Issue 7 » Spring 2018

Issue 6 » Fall 2017
Issue 5 » Summer 2017
Issue 4 » Fall 2016
Issue 3 » Summer 2016
Issue 2 » Fall 2015
Issue 1 » Summer 2015

Additional Training Resources

  www.phmsa.dot.gov/emergency-response-and-training

Pipeline Emergencies Training App is now available on iPhone and Android devices

Local & Other Utility Resources

York County Natural Gas Authority

  www.ycnga.com

Patriots Energy Group

  www.patriotsenergy.com

Chester County Natural Gas Authority

  www.chestergas.com

Lancaster County Natural Gas Authority

  www.lcngasc.com

SC811

  www.sc811.com

National Pipeline Mapping System

  www.npms.phmsa.dot.gov