Office of Pipeline Safety
Created in 1987, the Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety (MNOPS) oversees pipeline operations throughout the state. The Minnesota State Fire Marshal, Jim Smith, is also the Director of MNOPS. There are 113 pipeline operators in Minnesota that operate more than 70,000 miles of pipe and nearly 1.6 million gas meters.
The legislature created this office through the 1987 Pipeline Safety Act, Minnesota Statutes 299J, and 299F. The Federal Office of Pipeline Safety granted MNOPS interstate agent status in 1991. This authorized MNOPS to inspect all pipelines crossing the Minnesota border. MNOPS inspects more interstate pipelines than any other state. Minnesota consumes less than 20 percent of the energy that passes through the state in pipelines.