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The Division of Reliability and Security is charged with the reliability and security of all lifeline utility services and critical infrastructure for the State of New Jersey: electric, natural gas, water and telecommunications.  This includes responsibility for consequence management of any petroleum shortages as well as cyber security.

 

The Division focuses on the mission critical operational and safety areas required by statute, regulation, federal compacts and partnership protocols.  Certain Cabinet Official responsibilities are performed by the Division on the President’s behalf, along with requirements of the State's Emergency Management Plans.   

 

The Division is the Sector Specific Agent responsible for critical lifeline services under both federal and state disaster preparedness and response strategies.  Portions of its operations are federally funded and the unit has 24/7 operational obligations.  Staff is also charged with maintaining the BPU Continuity of Government Plan.

 

The Director sits on the Domestic Security Task Force and the Division continues its initiatives with the NJ Office of Homeland Security, NJSP, other state agencies and our private sector partners.  It participates in tabletop exercises, preparedness workgroups, security initiatives, and overall disaster preparedness activities.  A major obligation of staff is to maintain preparedness for any utility event or situation and respond to activations of the state Emergency Operations Center at any time.  Staff also plans for intentional acts and accidents.

 

The Division executes its program responsibilities through four separate, but inter-related Bureaus/Units:

Bureau of Emergency Management & Security
The Division’s Bureau of Emergency Management & Security handles all emergency management and preparedness functions involving the provision of critical utility services.  This includes service disruptions, incidents, and catastrophic events, intentional acts and accidents. This is a first responder, planning, and consequence management unit, which maintains continuous communication and engagement with the private sector and government partners.  It is also responsible for monitoring and inspection programs, as well as activities linked to the protection of Board employees.  It is heavily involved in Utility Tabletop Exercises and state level workgroups.

 

Staff also continues to partner with NJEOM, DOT and Treasury to finalize key provisions of the Emergency Fuel Plan.  In 2016, GORR (Governor's Office of Recovery and Rebuilding) approved the reallocation of approximately $2 million in FEMA funds to enhance the State’s vehicle fueling facilities providing flexibility and resiliency to the State’s fueling capabilities during an emergency event.

 

The emergency fueling plan and related initiatives with public and private sector partners is based on lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy and is an action plan for the emergency distribution of fuel during disasters. 

Bureau of Pipeline Safety
The Division’s Bureau of Pipeline Safety is responsible for a federally required safety program with inspection and enforcement responsibilities for New Jersey’s natural gas infrastructure.  This Bureau is federally funded with discrete performance requirements dictated by our federal partners.  The Bureau handles pipeline safety inspections, accident investigations, enforcement and rulemaking, while also providing consultation on gas infrastructure issues.

 

The federal government establishes minimum pipeline safety standards under the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 49 “Transportation”, Parts 190 – 199. The Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS), within the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), has overall regulatory responsibility for hazardous liquid and interstate gas pipelines under its jurisdiction in the United States.

 

The Bureau of Pipeline Safety  under the  New Jersey Administrative Code – Pipeline Safety Regulations (Title 14, Chapters 6 & 7) handles pipeline safety inspections, incident investigations, enforcement and rulemaking, and coordinates the continuing education of gas facility operators, emergency responders, and other stakeholders. It also provides consultation on gas infrastructure issues. 

The Pipeline Safety Bureau regulates and inspects the construction, operation, and maintenance activities of four natural gas utility operators (New Jersey Natural Gas Utility Companies), with safety oversight for New Jersey’s intrastate gas infrastructure including 454 miles of transmission pipelines, 34,800 miles of distribution mains and 2,374,000 service lines.

Contact Information for Pipeline Safety Program Manager 

Pipeline Safety Office Contact Information

Pipeline Safety Staff

Office Telephone

Email Address

Michael F. Stonack, P.E    
Pipeline Safety Program Manager

(609) 341-2795

Michael.Stonack@bpu.nj.gov

Juan Urena

(609) 341-2865

Juan.Urena@bpu.nj.gov

Andre Moses

(609) 292-7485

Andre.Moses@bpu.nj.gov

John Staudenmayer

(609) 292-8589

John.Staudenmayer@bpu.nj.gov

Paresh Trivedi

(609) 292-4514

Paresh.Trivedi@bpu.nj.gov

New Jersey Natural Gas Utility Companies:

 http://www.elizabethtowngas.com/

 http://www.njng.com/

 http://www.pseg.com/

 http://southjerseygas.com/

 

For Enforcement, Incident Reports, Excavation Damage and Inspection Information visit website below:

http://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/comm/StatePages/NewJersey.htm

To visit the National Pipeline Mapping System public map viewer click below:

http://www.npms.phmsa.dot.gov/

 



New Jersey Natural Gas Utility Companies:
 http://www.elizabethtowngas.com/

 http://www.njng.com/

 http://www.pseg.com/

 http://southjerseygas.com/

 

For Enforcement, Incident Reports, Excavation Damage and Inspection Information visit website below:

http://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/comm/StatePages/NewJersey.htm

To visit the National Pipeline Mapping System public map viewer click below:

http://www.npms.phmsa.dot.gov/

Bureau of Underground Damage Prevention
The Division’s Bureau of Underground Damage Prevention operates a statutorily mandated program for Underground Damage Prevention pursuant to the Underground Facility Protection Act.  The Underground Facility Protection Act or One Call Law requires excavators to participate in a comprehensive damage prevention program by calling a toll free number (811) three days prior to excavation. All companies that have underground facilities are then required to identify those facilities to prevent damage.

 

This Program has direct oversight of the 24/7 State One Call Center, which processes over 650,000 calls for mark outs each year.  All excavation activity in the state is processed through this center and its operation is important to the protection of underground utility plant and the public from natural gas incidents caused by excavation damage.

 

This unit conducts on-going enforcement related to underground damage incidents involving all utility systems.  Statutorily required customer meter testing is also performed by this Unit.  This group also handles meter testing and, in 2016, it conducted a major review of the electric and gas industry’s meter sampling programs.

Contact Information for Office of One Call & Meter Tests

 

Finally, the Underground Damage Prevention Program continues to utilize public education and awareness, which includes 811 public outreach, radio advertising and billboards.

Cyber Security Unit
In 2016, the Division established a unit to focus specifically on utility cyber security and advanced its initiatives by issuing a Board Order establishing requirements to mitigate cyber risks to critical systems of electric, natural gas, and water/wastewater utilities.    The Cyber Unit is responsible for reviewing utility cyber programs and works in partnership with the New Jersey Cyber Communications and Integration Cell (NJCCIC),

 

This Unit is involved in direct support of NARUC’S Critical Infrastructure Committee, especially its cyber activities and events. It has successfully organized numerous Cyber Security Summits with participants and speakers from the utilities sector as well as federal and state representatives.