Are You Aware?
It is important for anyone near active or abandoned oil or natural gas production and pipeline facilities to have a general awareness of the dangers associated with these operations and the actions that should be taken or avoided when in their proximity. This is not because production sites or pipelines are of a particular or increased risk to the population. Instead, it is because the activities of the general population can pose a threat to the integrity of the equipment and could result in potentially serious consequences. Specific safety precautions must be taken at these facilities. Only company personnel and authorized contractors should have access to such areas.
There are several easy steps you can take to ensure your safety around oil and gas facilities:
–Know where production sites and pipelines are located
–Know how to contact the operators
–Always call 811, and wait the required time before you excavate
–When developing land near pipeline facilities, consult and coordinate with the operator on land-use planning decisions
–Report any damages to the pipeline – no matter how minor – including scratches to the coating or anomalies like dents or gouges, to the operator
You should always avoid:
–Building structures on pipeline rights-of way
–Touching, climbing on or interfering with production and/or pipeline related facilities
–Digging around or near a pipeline facility without calling 811 and having a representative of the pipeline company present
–Entering a production or pipeline facility property without proper permission