It looked like a road or path through the woods, but the ground an East Texas logging crew crossed on its way to a work site was a pipeline right‐of‐way, with a buried natural gas pipeline.
While the logging crew was clearing timber, a pipeline company representative arrived and asked if they had taken precautions for crossing a pipeline right‐of‐way. They were unaware that there is a procedure for safely crossing pipelines with heavy equipment.
In this case, the logging crew was lucky. The weight of heavy machinery like logging equipment or trucks can crack or crush a buried pipeline, damage the coating, or even cause a pipeline rupture. This could result in injuries, equipment damage, disruption of services and lead to expensive fines, repair costs and significant down‐time.
If you see or smell anything abnormal on or around the right‐of‐way, report your concerns to 911 and the pipeline company immediately.
Take Home Message:
Call before you cross. Every time you plan to cross a pipeline, call the toll‐free, 24‐hour number for your area, which can be found on the pipeline marker located along the right‐of‐way.
Call 811 three working days before moving to a new logging site.
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