UGI Utilities, Inc. (UGI) is aware of the recommendations, published today on the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) website, regarding plastic mechanical tapping devices. The recommendations published by the NTSB were issued to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and a manufacturer of plastic mechanical tapping devices.
Plastic mechanical taps are a type of device used to connect Polyethylene natural gas service lines to a Polyethylene natural gas distribution main. The plastic mechanical tapping devices referenced by the NTSB in their recommendations were procured by the UGI Utilities Inc. Gas Division and UGI Penn Natural Gas Inc. systems between 1997 and 2006. Fewer than 19,000 of the NTSB referenced devices were installed on the UGI systems. Approximately 5,000 of the NTSB referenced devices have been replaced or remediated.
The NTSB recommendations arise from information learned during the investigation of an incident that occurred in Millersville, PA on July 2, 2017, involving UGI facilities. UGI has cooperated fully with the NTSB in its investigation of this incident and will continue to do so until it is completed.
As part of its ongoing system inspection and maintenance program, UGI inspects and remediates plastic mechanical tapping devices on its system. UGI Utilities remains fully committed to the safe operation of its system, and to the safe and reliable delivery of energy to our customers and to the many communities we serve.