As part of our public awareness program, AGRITEXGAS,LP. strives to enhance public safety and environmental protection through increased public awareness and knowledge. By sharing information, we aim to raise the awareness of our pipeline facilities and help the public better understand the role they can play in contributing to pipeline safety. AGRITEXGAS, LP. is committed to operating and maintaining its pipeline in a safe, environmentally sound manner. The company has gone to great lengths to insure the pipeline’s integrity, taking steps well beyond the requirements of law, regulation and industry standards to protect the people, community, and environment along its route.
Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the following important safety information.
Call Before You Dig
Planting a tree, building a fence, or installing a swimming pool? The law requires you to first contact your local One Call notification system 48 hours before you plan to dig. Don’t ever assume you know where the underground utilities are located. Careless digging can cause disruption of vital utility services and environmental damage, even injury or loss of life. The One-Call Center will let you know if there any buried utilities in the area and the utility companies will be notified to identify and clearly mark the location of their lines at no cost to you.
Call before you dig. Wait the required amount of time. Respect the marks and dig with care.
How To Identify Pipelines
Since most pipelines are buried underground, pipeline markers are used to indicate the approximate locations of the pipeline. Pipelines are generally buried three feet or deeper underground. However, over time soil erosion and property development can remove soil from above pipelines.
These markers, which contain the name of the pipeline operator and emergency contact information, are usually located near road, rail, fence, or water crossings and curbs. Pipeline markers don’t necessarily indicate the exact location of the pipeline- they are not usually placed directly on top of the pipeline. Pipelines may not follow a straight course between markers.
Don’t try to guess the pipeline’s location. Call the Texas One-Call Center at 811.
How To Recognize A Pipeline Leak
Leaks from pipelines are unusual, but we want you to know what to do in the unlikely event one occurs. The following signs may indicate a pipeline leak:
- A pool of liquid on the ground.
- Discolored or dead vegetation.
- A rainbow sheen on water.
- Hissing, blowing, or roaring sounds.
- A strange or unusual odor.
What To Do In An Emergency
- Leave the area immediately on foot.
- Abandon any equipment being used in or near the area.
- Avoid creating ignition sources that could ignite a flame.
- Do not start an engine, light a match or switch on/off an electrical light or appliance.
- Do not use a cell phone near the suspected emergency area.
- Do not touch, breathe, or make contact with leaking liquids.
- From a safe place, call 911 and our 24 hr. emergency number. Advise them of the location and nature of the emergency.
- Warn others to stay away.
AGRITEXGAS, LP. Does not maintain the customer’s buried piping. If the buried piping is not maintained, it may be subject to potential hazards of corrosion and leakage. Buried gas piping should be periodically inspected for leaks, for corrosion if the piping is metallic, and repaired if any unsafe condition is discovered. When excavating near buried gas piping, the piping should be located in advance, and the excavation done by hand. Plumbers, and heating contractors can assist in locating, inspecting and repairing the customer’s buried piping.