Safety | Empire North Project | National Fuel Gas Company



With more than 110 years of experience in the natural gas industry, National Fuel is tied to the cities, towns and villages where we do business.

We have a personal stake in the communities where we operate, as our 2,000 employees, their families and 2,270 retirees live in our service territories.

Within our pipeline and storage businesses, we have more than a century’s worth of experience in building and operating natural gas facilities and are committed to safely constructing pipeline systems to minimize environmental and community impacts.

As such, National Fuel is committed to working with federal, state and local regulatory agencies, including but not limited to the following agencies:

Federal Agencies

• Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
• U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District and Pittsburgh District
• U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)—New York and Pennsylvania Field Offices
• Various Native American Tribal Group Contacts
• U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
• Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

State of New York Agencies

• New York Natural Heritage Program
• New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
• New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
• New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Agencies

• Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
• Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
• Pennsylvania Game Commission
• Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP)
• Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Bureau for Historic Preservation, State Historic Preservation Office
• PADEP & McKean County Conservation District

Local/Municipal Agencies

• Town building permits
• Road use/opening permits

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Compressor Station Safety

National Fuel safely operates thousands of miles of pipeline and 134 compressor units at 38 stations in New York and Pennsylvania. The company’s engineers have extensive experience in pipeline engineering and construction and bring the latest state-of-the-art knowledge and techniques to every project. National Fuel’s compressor stations and high-pressure pipelines consistently receive “clean” audits for the company by federal safety regulators. Some of the safety measures include:

  • Monitored 24/7 local gas dispatch center and on-site safety control systems
  • Highly trained and qualified personnel
    • Onsite daily inspection (Monday through Friday)
    • Additional local support available
    • After-hours on-call staff available
  • State-of-the-art control system
    • Fire detection
    • Gas detection
    • Automatic emergency shutdown (ESD system)
    • 100% weld x-ray
    • Hydrostatic test of piping >150%
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