Community growth has had a tremendous impact on the pipeline industry. Pipelines that were once buried in sparsely populated areas can now be found in urban locations as land development expands with new neighborhoods, schools, businesses and industrial areas. With this growth, more people are working and living in the vicinity of pipelines, making safety an even higher priority. Pipeline safety awareness is a top priority for the both the pipeline industry and government. Third party damages are a significant cause of pipeline incidents across the United States. Gas pipelines can be especially dangerous because of the high pressures they are carrying. It is both State and Federal law that you call 811 before you dig to have these lines marked. By calling 811, you not only get the pipelines and local distribution companies located, but all Tennessee 811 member utilities come out and locate their lines at no charge to you. It’s a simple and free call.
Because land development in the proximity of any pipeline can result in unintentional injuries, fatalities or property and environmental damage, PIPA (Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance) has developed recommended practices for protecting communities and transmission pipelines and for communicating with stakeholders. These recommended practices provide information on existing transmission lines and potential risks that can help communities during development planning. A collaborative effort of pipeline safety stakeholders, PIPA was originally developed to address growth in relation to transmission pipelines. The organization’s recommended practices can, however, apply to the pipeline industry as a whole. Additional information can also be found in the Best Practice developed by Common Ground Alliance.