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Natural Gas Pipelines: Safe, Sound and Underground

The natural gas pipeline infrastructure, which includes 2.1 million miles of pipeline, is the nation's safest energy delivery system, according to U.S. government statistics. One reason may be that gas utilities and pipeline companies, including Atmos Energy, spend close to $7 billion annually on safety measures. Experienced personnel routinely inspect and maintain natural gas service lines, and service crews are available to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day.

Pipeline Markers
Atmos Energy and other companies install above-ground markers to indicate the location of buried pipelines and gas lines. The markers were developed by the gas industry and later incorporated into the federal regulations for the industry. The natural gas industry is cooperating with other utilities to standardize temporary marking of underground utilities to further enhance public safety. Additionally, the pipeline markers have emergency contact numbers. The standard marking color for natural gas facilities is yellow.

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