Public Officials

In the United States today, there are more than 100 billion feet of underground utilities. That’s more than a football field for every man, woman, and child in the country. Buried utilities are everywhere. They run through almost every community in Indiana and serve nearly every business. It’s almost guaranteed that you’ve already driven or walked over critical infrastructure today. Keeping your fellow Hoosiers safe means treating these utility lines respectfully and following the rules laid out by the Indiana Dig Law.   

Getting accurate and timely utility locates combined with properly excavating is crucial to ensuring everyone’s safety. 

 

DOT Part 192 and Recommended Practice API RP 1162 defines Public Officials as follows:

Local, city, county or state officials and / or their staffs having land use and street / road jurisdiction along the pipeline route. 

  • Planning Boards
  • Zoning Boards
  • Licensing Departments
  • Permitting Departments
  • Building Code Enforcement Departments
  • City and County Managers
  • Elected Officials
  • Public Utility Boards
  • Local “Governing Councils” as defined by many communities.

 

 

How Can You Help?

While incidents pertaining to pipeline facilities are rare, awareness of the location of the pipeline, the potential hazards, and what to do if a leak occurs can help minimize the number of incidents. A leading cause of pipeline incidents is third-party excavation damage. Pipeline operators are responsible for the safety and security of their respective pipelines. To help maintain the integrity of pipelines and their right-of-ways, it is essential that pipeline and facility neighbors protect against unauthorized excavations or other destructive activities.

How would you recognize a pipeline leak?

Although pipeline leaks are rare, knowing how to recognize and respond to a possible leak is a key component in pipeline safety. Trust your sense. You may recognize a pipeline leak by:

 

In the United States today, there are more than 100 billion feet of underground utilities. That’s more than a football field for every man, woman, and child in the country. Buried utilities are everywhere. They run through almost every community in Indiana and serve nearly every business. It’s almost guaranteed that you’ve already driven or walked over critical infrastructure today. Keeping your fellow Hoosiers safe means treating these utility lines respectfully and following the rules laid out by the Indiana Dig Law.   

Getting accurate and timely utility locates combined with properly excavating is crucial to ensuring everyone’s safety.