Public awareness day set for Aug. 11

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Pipeline Awareness Alliance encourages the public to use this date on the calendar, 8/11, as an important reminder for residents to call 8-1-1 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. 

Texas law requires a call to 8-1-1 before any excavation or digging occurs.

Recognizing the potential for unintentional damage, danger and harm to persons and property, the Texas Railroad Commission, Texas pipeline regulatory body, reminds professional excavators and homeowners that a simple call to 8-1-1 in advance of any digging project saves time and money while keeping people safe and connected. 

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages.  Every digging project, no matter how large or small, requires a call to 8-1-1.  Installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree and laying a patio are all examples of digging projects that need a call to 8-1-1 before starting.

Texas is home to more than 280,000 miles of pipelines, operated by more than 1,200 companies – by far the largest pipeline infrastructure in the nation.

Pipelines play a significant role in the oil, gas and petrochemicals industries contributing more than $160 billion annually to the Texas economy.

Texas is the largest producer of oil and natural gas in the United States and Texans consume the most energy in the country, both per capita and in total.

Texas’ pipelines are working every day to deliver that energy efficiently, safely and in an environmentally friendly way. Pipeline companies carefully build and maintain these lines and monitor their operations around-the-clock. Pipelines are safe and serious pipeline problems are rare, and in many cases, preventable. Yet, failure to call before digging results in more than 15,000 unintentional hits and damage to pipeline infrastructure annually, according to the Texas Railroad Commission. Although most were minor, some did require repair and even taking the line out of service, disrupting service to consumers and businesses. A simple call to 8-1-1 to have those lines marked could have prevented damage in many cases. The Texas Pipeline Awareness Alliance reminds excavators and homeowners throughout Texas to call 8-1-1 before digging.

Safe digging is no accident. For more information, visit www.Pipeline-Safety.org.

The Texas Pipeline Awareness Alliance is an association of pipeline companies with operations in Texas. The TPAA was formed in 2006 to promote pipeline safety and increase public awareness and education about pipelines throughout the state, including the need to call 8-1-1 before you dig, how to recognize a pipeline Right-Of-Way and what to do and who to call in the event of a leak. The TPAA uses television, radio, magazine, newspaper and Internet advertising, in both English and Spanish, as well as participation in public events and meetings to help educate the public on their role in pipelines’ safe operation. Additionally, representatives of TPAA member companies are interviewed throughout the year on television and for newspaper across Texas.

The TPAA also operates its own Public Awareness website, in English and Spanish, at www.Pipeline-Safety.org.