TPAA encourages safety around natural gas lines - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/11/09

TPAA encourages safety around natural gas lines

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - There are more than 225,000 miles of pipelines in Texas, crisscrossing our yards, roads, neighborhoods, communities and counties. They connect to gas appliances in our homes and are located around our homes and businesses in underground corridors, called pipeline right-of-ways.

Because most of a pipeline system is underground and out of sight, they are marked with signs called pipeline markers. These signs are placed at regular intervals and mark the general, but not exact, location of a pipeline.

Pipeline companies carefully build and maintain their pipelines and monitor their operations around-the-clock.  These companies patrol their lines by plane and on foot and regularly trim trees and remove shrubs or structures that are too close to the right-of-way and can impact public safety.

Pipelines are safe and serious pipeline problems are rare, and in many cases, preventable.  If a problem does occur it is important to know what to do and who to call.

If you need to dig in or near a pipeline right-of-way you need to call first to have the pipeline company mark the line, at no charge to you. If you think you have accidentally hit a pipeline while digging, even if it appears not to be broken or leaking, you need to call the pipeline company. 

If you think you see, hear or smell a pipeline leak you need to leave the area immediately and call 9-1-1.

(Click Here) to learn more from the Texas Pipeline Awareness Alliance.

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