Natural Gas Term of the Week: When buried gas facilities (or other underground utilities) are damaged by excavation.
What it means: Gas transmission and distribution pipes are typically found below ground, this keeps them safe from disturbances related to weather but it’s an issue when someone starts digging without knowing what’s below their feet.
To be informed about the location of utilities before digging it’s important to always Call 811 before you dig. There’s no charge to have a professional come out and mark the underground utilities where you plan to dig.
What happens if a dig in does occur? Your local gas utility is prepared and works with emergency services to ensure a coordinated response if necessary. NWGA member companies put plenty of effort into spreading the dig safely message, check out this recent commercial released by Avista Utilities:
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