Pipelines in Your Community

A red marker in the middle of a park. A white sign mounted on a fence. A yellow post on the side of the road. Pipeline markers may come in different shapes, colors and sizes, but all of them identify the general location of underground pipelines and utility lines and provide critical safety information for the public.

While they may appear different at first glance, every pipeline marker includes the name of the operator, the product in the pipeline and a phone number to call in the event of an emergency. And while they don’t mark the exact location of the pipeline, they are placed close enough to remind the public that a utility is buried nearby.

Pipeline markers do not designate the exact location, depth or number of pipelines in the area, and the lines below do not always run in a straight line between markers. For these reasons, markers should never be used as a reference point for buried infrastructure when conducting any excavation activity.

Pipeline markers are located along the path of larger transmission pipelines. Markers may or may not be located continuously along gathering lines or distribution lines. Most gas service lines that connect to homes and businesses do not have pipeline marker signs.

Markers are protected by federal law, and intentionally damaging one can result in a fine. If you notice a missing or damaged pipeline marker, call the pipeline operator using the number on a nearby sign so it can be replaced.