Also joining us on Voices of Montana will be Clint Kelfell “Call before you dig” and Tina Beach Chairperson of the ” Montana liquid and gas pipeline association.”
Pipelines are the safest and most efficient means of transporting natural gas and petroleum products.
They move more than 700 million gallons of petroleum products a day – nearly two-thirds of all the oil transported annually in the United States.
There are more than 185,000 miles of petroleum pipelines and 320, 000 miles of natural gas transmission pipelines in use every day, in the United States alone.
Because of their importance to our economy and everyday lives, protecting our pipeline networks is something everyone has a stake in.
The key requirements for excavators (farmers/ranchers) to maintain compliance are as follows:
Use an available one-call system before excavating to notify operators of underground pipeline facilities of the timing and location of the intended excavation;
If underground pipelines exist in the area, wait for the pipeline operator to arrive at the excavation site and establish and mark the location of its underground pipeline facilities before excavating;
Excavate with proper regard for the marked location of pipelines an operator has established by taking all practicable steps to prevent excavation damage to the pipeline;
Make additional use of one-call as necessary to obtain locating and marking before excavating to ensure that underground pipelines are not damaged by excavation.
If damage to a pipeline from excavation activity causes the release of any PHMSA regulated natural and other gas or hazardous liquid as defined in part 192, 193, or 195 of this chapter from the pipeline, the excavator must promptly report the release to appropriate emergency response authorities by calling the 911 emergency telephone number and notify the pipeline operator at the earliest practical moment following discovery of the damage;
Notify the utility of any damage at the earliest practical moment.
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