Pipeline Safety

Dangerous industrial exemptions can lead to disasters like the deadly pipeline explosion in Massachusetts. NSPE has been instrumental in assisting the National Transportation Safety Board by bringing the value of PEs to light. As a result, The NTSB recommends the elimination of the PE exemption and sent letters to governors of all 31 states it identified as having the exemption in place. Read the report here, and discover how you can hold lawmakers accountable, and advocate for a commitment to public safety.

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The following states do not require a PE on natural gas pipeline projects:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming.

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Related Resources

NSPE State Societies Respond to NTSB Letter

Maine Society of Professional Engineers response to the NTSB letter


Advocate to End Licensing Exemptions!

Call your members of Congress and support ending licensing exemptions on public utilty pipelines! The National Transportation Safety Board’s report on the deadly pipeline explosion in Massachusetts in September 2018 calls for a significant legislative change that NSPE has strongly advocated for years: elimination of professional engineer licensure exemptions.

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States with Licensing Exemption for
Natural Gas Pipeline Projects

 PE license exemption(*)
 PE license required