Online Excerpts View All →

Power of Pipelines video goes viral, now part of Damage Prevention Pack!

PipelineBonusPack-webimage

By   25 days ago

Nearly two years ago Underground Focus posted an ‘almost finished’ version of the Power of Pipelines damage prevention video to Youtube to share with a handful of prospective sponsors. As a testament to the strength of its message, it was ‘discovered’ and went viral, having now surpassed over 100,000 hits. Despite being unfinished and watermarked, […]

Read More →

Grid Issues 3: Locating Unlimited – Locating is not x-ray vision

4

By   39 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 3: Locating Unlimited. To subscribe and get your copy, click here.   The yellow boxes in the photos above highlight the same area before and after excavation. With blue markings in the photo on the left, the locator indicated […]

Read More →

Grid Issues 3: Locating Unlimited – The Ground Antenna Effect

3guysandabox

By   40 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 3: Locating Unlimited. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. Conductive locating sends signal along the pipe or cable but also directly into the earth. Conductively locating with low frequencies can result in bleed-off onto non-target lines, creating […]

Read More →

Grid Issues 3: Locating Unlimited – Bleedoff

tracer

By   47 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 3: Locating Unlimited. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. Although the transmitter is attached to a test wire on a steel gas main, it’s possible that the location of the main may be negatively influenced by the […]

Read More →

Grid Issues 3: Locating Unlimited – High Profile Miss-Mark

2014

By   47 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 3: Locating Unlimited. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. It’s normally very hard to prove a miss-mark without excavation but we’ve done it here. The 2012 aerial photo clearly shows the location of a newly constructed electric […]

Read More →

Grid Issues 2: Pipelines – Markers

colors

By   71 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 2: Pipelines. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. The purpose of permanent pipeline markers is to identify in a line-of-sight fashion the approximate location of pipelines in the right-of-way (ROW). The markers can be made of metal, […]

Read More →

Grid Issues 2: Pipelines – A Pipeliner’s Nightmare

mightmare-1

By   71 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 2: Pipelines. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says that pipelines represent the safest form of transportation in the U.S. Despite their safety record, pipeline accidents such as the one pictured […]

Read More →

Grid Issues 2: Pipelines – A Pipeliner’s Dream

2

By   72 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 2: Pipelines. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 2: Pipelines. To subscribe and get your copy, click here.

Read More →

AX Files - Gas View All →

Local pub shut down during gas emergency

Gas Explodes House

By   33 days ago

Northern Ireland – Nov. 24, 2014 A local pub owner was frustrated after having to close his business for a full workday after a gas main was ruptured. Workmen did not call before digging, and subsequently ruptured a gas main near the Northern Ireland pub. At 10:30 am the owner walked into his cellar and […]

Read More →

Fence project causes leak, threatening Thanksgiving pies

Gas Explodes House

By   33 days ago

Peekskill, NY – Nov. 24, 2014 Workers installing fencing struck a gas line, prompting the evacuation of a nearby bakery. The fencing was being installed to enclose a parking lot at the town museum. The owner of the bakery was worried about the consequences of the gas line, and what it would mean for her […]

Read More →

Construction crew causes leak, evacuations

Gas Explodes House

By   36 days ago

Nov. 21, 2014 – San Diego, CA A construction crew was digging when they hit a gas line. Local authorities started evacuating people while gas company personnel worked on cutting off the flow of gas. Nearby buildings also lost power due to the accident. Utility workers took about 45 minutes to get the leak under […]

Read More →

Evacuations and power outages make for a long day after major gas leak

Gas Explodes House

By   36 days ago

Toronto, Canada – Nov. 21, 2014 Utility workers clipped an eight-inch natural gas line, causing more than 100 people to be evacuated in the neighborhood. Crews also cut power to over 4500 customers in the southern part of Toronto to reduce the chance of accidental ignition. Emergency responders diverted traffic away from the leak as […]

Read More →

Daycare center evacuates 80 children after gas leak

Gas Explodes House

By   37 days ago

Nov. 20, 2014 – Monroe, LA Construction workers accidentally struck a gas line near a daycare center. Daycare employees smelled gas, and then construction workers ran to the door and said they’d hit a line nearby. The daycare evacuated nearly eighty children onto a bus and transported them to a nearby church. The local fire […]

Read More →

16-inch high pressure line bursts during excavation

Gas Explodes House

By   43 days ago

Nov 14, 2014 – Laughlin, NV A third party construction crew struck a 16-inch high-pressure gas line while excavating. The line erupted, causing a loud roaring noise to be heard a mile and a half away. Crews from two fire departments responded to the call, while police provided traffic control, keeping vehicles away from the […]

Read More →

Pet supply store closes due to leak

Gas Explodes House

By   44 days ago

Nov 13, 2014 – Spokane, WA Utility crews ruptured a 2-inch gas line, prompting a nearby pet supply store to evacuate and close. Evacuations were also considered for a nearby apartment building, but winds helped disperse the gas enough that it was not at a high risk. Emergency crews lifted manhole covers to prevent gas […]

Read More →

Backhoe work rips into buried gas pipe

Gas Explodes House

By   46 days ago

Nov. 11, 2014 – Morgan Hill, CA An excavation crew struck a gas line while working with a backhoe. Authorities evacuated several homes as a safety precaution. The surrounding roads were also closed to traffic. The local gas company arrived at the scene to cap the leak and begin the necessary repairs. Evacuees were allowed […]

Read More →

AX Files - Other View All →

Fiber optic cable cut

Gas Explodes House

By   45 days ago

Nov 12, 2014 – Hargray, SC Construction crews severed a fiber optic communications cable, knocking out service to Beaufort and Jasper counties. Technicians worked to repair the cable, and service was restored by 10 p.m. that evening.

Read More →

2000 customers lose phone and Internet service

Gas Explodes House

By   77 days ago

October 11, 2014 – Beckley Wyoming A third-party contractor cut two major communications cables, knocking out phone and broadband services to nearly 2,000 customers. The cables were in an underground ductwork area, making it more difficult to access and repair the damage. Estimates suggest repairs could take up to two weeks to complete.

Read More →

Local library loses Internet service after lines cut by contractor

Gas Explodes House

By   79 days ago

October 09, 2014 – Stevensville, Montana A contractor accidentally cut an Internet fiber optic cable, causing some Internet outages in the late morning across parts of Western Montana. 911 services were not impacted by the incident, but some customers in the region did lose service. The local library was without Internet because of the incident.

Read More →

2200 customers lose power after digging incident

Gas Explodes House

By   86 days ago

October 2, 2014 – San Francisco, CA At 10 a.m. contractors digging in downtown San Francisco knocked out power for about 2200 customers. Crews quickly responded to the scene, and just before noon power was restored to all but 150 customers. The remaining customers regained power by 2 p.m.

Read More →

Buried cable zaps man digging trench

Gas Explodes House

By   94 days ago

September 24, 2014 – Longview, Washington A man was seriously injured when he severed an underground power line. A neighbor noticed a flash on his security camera, and upon going outside to investigate found the man still in contact with the live line. The neighbor pulled him off the line but was also shocked in […]

Read More →

Major service outage on opening night of fall TV shows

Gas Explodes House

By   96 days ago

September 22, 2014 – Johnson County, Iowa Over 5,000 customers missed out on the first night of fall TV shows after a third-party construction crew cut through a fiber optic line. Telecom crews began repairs quickly, but they needed special excavation equipment to make the necessary repairs. They stayed onsite throughout the evening as work […]

Read More →

Streetlight crew cuts through fiber cable

Gas Explodes House

By   102 days ago

September 16, 2014 – Puuloa, HI A fiber cable was accidentally damaged by a construction crew installing new streetlights. The fiber cable provided Internet, television, and phone service to the area. Many customers experienced a loss of service or slower service due to the accident. Crew completed repairs later that night.

Read More →

Road crew strikes buried electric transmission line

Gas Explodes House

By   103 days ago

September 15, 2014 – Petoskey, MI A private contracting crew doing some roadwork struck an underground transmission line. The transmission line provided electric service for about 1,300 customers in the area. Service was disrupted for about 90 minutes.

Read More →