The greatest risk to underground natural gas pipelines is accidental damage during digging, according to Atmos Energy. Even minor damage, such as a gouge, scrape, dent, or crease in a pipeline or its coating, can cause a leak or failure.
By calling Texas 8-1-1 in advance, property owners and contractors are connected to their state’s one-call center, which notifies all appropriate utilities about the excavation. Professional locators mark all underground utility-owned lines at the digging site with flags or spray paint. Before you begin your next project, make the phone to call to 8-1-1 to have underground utility lines marked.
Additional information about National Safe Digging Month and Texas 8-1-1 is available from the link below, including the promotional messaging campaign from Atmos Energy.