Pipeline SafetyThe Laurens CPW owns and operates hundreds of miles of natural gas distribution pipelines. This vast network of underground pipelines is used to transport clean, efficient natural gas energy to our customers. The pipelines are located in residential area and business districts. The transmission and distribution pipelines, which are buried under ground, operate at various pressures. Some of these pressures can be as much as 270 PSIG.
The Laurens CPW has an excellent reputation for operating these pipelines in a safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible manner – but pipeline safety is everyone’s responsibility.
Whether you are a homeowner or business owner with a pipeline crossing your property, or a construction company working on a project in the vicinity of a pipeline, knowing the basics about pipeline safety will help you avoid unnecessary damage to the pipeline, property damage and personal injury.
- Dead or discolored vegetation, dirt blowing up in the air
- An odor similar to that of rotten eggs
- A hissing or roaring sound, water bubbling from the ground
- Contact your local fire department 911 and the Laurens CPW at 864.681.4300
- Shut off any machinery or equipment and avoid creating sparks.
- Do not strike a match, start an engine or switch on or off an electrical switch in the area.
- Do not try to extinguish a natural gas fire and do not try to operate pipeline valves.
- It is illegal to remove or damage Laurens CPW pipeline markers or signs.
- No permanent structures (homes, businesses, storage buildings, sheds, deer stands, etc.) or bodies of water (pools, ponds, lakes) may be built over a pipeline or service.
- Installation of fences and other utility lines must be installed with adequate distance from natural gas pipelines. Please contact the Laurens CPW at 864.681.4300 prior to construction for distance information. Please call the PUPS (Palmetto Utility Protection Service), One-Call Service at 811 at least 72 hours before starting any type of digging, grading or similar activity.
- No trees or shrubbery may be planted directly over natural gas pipelines, including service lines. Building materials such as lumber, rocks, or dirt may not be stored directly over natural gas pipelines. Changing ground elevation by adding or removing soil should not be performed until the Laurens CPW and PUPS have been contacted.