Northern Access Project


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 listed below.

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

Pipeline Safety

National Fuel has committed to adopt design features and operating practices that will exceed already stringent industry and regulatory pipeline safety standards. Some of the measures would include:

  • Remote controlled shut off valves monitored 24 hours a day
  • More frequent inspections than are required by law, including regular inspections with highly sophisticated internal inspection tools
  • X-raying 100% of pipeline welds
  • In certain areas, installing thicker steel pipe than is required by regulations
Across the country, pipelines make it possible to safely deliver American consumers and businesses the affordable natural gas that makes our country a global energy leader. Click here to learn more.

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 featured would include:

  • Monitored 24/7 local Gas Dispatch Center and on-site safety control systems
  • Highly trained and qualified personnel
    • On-site daily inspection (M-F)
    • 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 XRAY
    • Hydrostatic test of piping >150%

For More Information

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for detailed information, regarding National Fuel's best practices and safety measures.