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Grid Issues 1: The Locator – Point in Time, Points on the Grid

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By   12 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 1: The Locator. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. Assume at a certain point in time, every newly-installed underground line is surveyed with precision X, Y and Z coordinates. Further assume that this information was coupled with […]

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Grid Issues 1: The Locator – Reading the Street

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By   12 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 1: The Locator. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. Trenches in existing pavement or blacktop are easy to recognize and are a surefire clue that a utility exists underneath. But reading the street based on excavation scars […]

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Grid Series 1: The Locator – The Job

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By   12 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 1: The Locator. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. A cellular phone antenna situated atop a water tower lost its electric feed when a boring crew struck an electric line on the pullback while installing a new […]

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Grid Series 1: The Locator – Paid to Map

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By   12 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 1: The Locator. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. Customers of private locating firms seek more underground utility location information than what is provided by one-call locators, who only mark public utilities. A private locating customer may […]

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Grid Series 1: The Locator – Paid to Paint

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By   12 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 1: The Locator. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. Every one-call locator is paid to paint, not paid to map. After notifying 811, the professional excavator—the one-call “customer”— expects nothing more than a painted job site denoting […]

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Digging Dangers Series 2: 14,000,000

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By   103 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of The Digging Dangers Series Part 2. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. Fourteen million gallons of water gushed onto the streets of Minneapolis after a private subcontractor broke a city water main. The contractor was working at a downtown construction […]

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Digging Dangers Series 2: Under Control?

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By   103 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of The Digging Dangers Series Part 2. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. The plan was for a new fiber optic cable to be bored in alongside a two-inch plastic gas main that had been installed in 1972. An 811 call […]

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Digging Dangers Series 2: Sixty Feet from Disaster

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By   103 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of The Digging Dangers Series Part 2. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. A power company crew was drilling a hole for a new pole on January 11, 2013. At 10:10 a.m their auger punctured a four-inch plastic natural gas distribution […]

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Highway shut down after crews strike 4-inch gas pipe

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By   54 days ago

July 11, 2014 – South Portland, Maine A construction crew struck a 4-inch gas main near a highway, prompting emergency crews to respond to the emergency. The highway was closed down and crews began to evacuate about a dozen homes and businesses. The area was tested for gas levels. About 90 minutes later, the area […]

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Eight homes evacuated after road construction damages gas line

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By   54 days ago

July 11, 2014 – Fredericton, Canada Road workers damaged a two-inch plastic gas line around noon, prompting the evacuation of eight homes. Gas company workers stopped the flow of gas and repaired the line. The area was reported to be safe, and the evacuation order was lifted for the neighborhood later that afternoon.

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Community alert signals gas leak and evacuation order

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By   54 days ago

July 11, 2014 – Parsippany, NJ Construction crews ruptured a gas main, prompting police to issue a community alert to evacuate the area. Gas to the area was shut off and people were allowed to return to their homes as gas personnel repaired the broken pipes.

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Shallow gas line struck by backhoe, but not while digging

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By   55 days ago

July 10, 2014 – Olney, IL A contractor working on a city project to alleviate some localized flooding struck a shallow gas line as he was using a backhoe to move materials to the work site. The accident was not believed to have been caused by digging. Emergency response teams arrived at the scene at […]

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Resident breaks through gas line with trencher

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By   55 days ago

July 10, 2014 – Coal Grove, OH A local resident was digging with a trenching machine when he struck a natural gas line. Emergency responders evacuated the neighborhood and moved residents to a nearby junior high. Gas company personnel arrived and were able to cap the leak quickly, allowing residents to return to their homes […]

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Downtown traffic issues as responders deal with gas leak

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By   55 days ago

July 10, 2014 – Richmond, VA A contractor digging to install an underground pipe struck an existing gas line and caused a rupture in downtown Richmond. Fire crews were called to the scene and closed off the surrounding busy streets, causing some temporary traffic hassles. Gas personal were dispatched to repair the leak.

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Seventy-two residents forced to leave during downtown gas leak

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By   56 days ago

July 9, 2014 – Vernon, Canada Construction crews struck a natural gas line in downtown Vernon. Emergency response teams were notified, prompting the evacuation of 72 residents from a nearby apartment building. Gas company personnel shut off gas and power to the surrounding area, including the local medical center and a motel, as crews began […]

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Six streets affected during gas-related evacuations

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By   57 days ago

July 8, 2014 – Louisa, KY A city repair crew ruptured a gas line. Evacuations were ordered in the surrounding areas, affecting about six streets. Local gas company personnel arrived at the scene to begin repairs. The evacuations were lifted later that afternoon.

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Communication cable cut by construction crew

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By   68 days ago

June 27, 2014
A third-party construction crew cut a local communication cable. Several hundred customers lost service and repairs were predicted to take a long time due to the size of the distribution cable.

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Over a thousand customers lose power after line is cut

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By   72 days ago

June 23, 2014 – North Fargo, ND A contractor working along the road dug into an underground cable causing the blackout. More than a thousand customers lost power in North Fargo from the accident, including the state campus.

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Ruptured 36-inch water main becomes raging river

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By   88 days ago

June 7, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA Crews ruptured a 36-inch water main while attempting repairs to the main. The rupture caused a cavernous hole in the road, forcing the closure of the road. Residents compared the leak to a ‘raging river’, and there was a crowd of people who came to see the destruction and [...]

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Water gushes into overhead power lines as crew waits for locates

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By   91 days ago

June 4, 2014 – San Angelo, TX A construction crew hit a 30-inch water main while digging in the small Texas town. Water was shooting in the air and into overhead power lines as city crews attempted to isolate the problem. The main was shut off, causing surrounding residents to lose water service or suffer [...]

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Crews rupture pipeline near interstate highway

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By   102 days ago

May 24, 2014 – Midland, Texas Utility crews digging near Interstate 20 ruptured a pipe carrying petroleum products. The product leaked onto a nearby highway, and was ignited by a passing vehicle. The burning fuel sent billowing black smoke and 40 foot flames leaping into the air. More than ten cars were damaged in the [...]

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Gas company leaves string of sewer damages behind

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By   105 days ago

May 21, 2014 – Morgan County, MO Complaints were filed after a local gas company partially damaged 10 to 12 sewer lines, while breaking some lines completely. In the process, the gas company also damaged buried locator lines, leaving personnel unable to find where the exact damage took place along the sewer lines. Gas lines [...]

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1000 phone customers lose service after cable cut

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By   149 days ago

April 7, 2014 – Corvallis, ND A natural gas crew was excavating to relocate a customer’s service line when they accidently severed a bundle of cables carrying connections for over 1000 phone and internet customers. The outage affected businesses and residential customers, some for days. Repair work began at about 4 p.m. on Monday, and [...]

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Shrimp boat causes sunken gas line explosion

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By   162 days ago

3/25/14 – Somewhere in the Gulf near Aransas County, TX A shrimp boat struck and snagged an underwater natural gas pipeline near the Copano Causeway. It ruptured and ignited, creating a spectacular blaze in the water. No boats were in danger, and no-one was injured in the incident.

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