Natural gas pipelines may run beneath or near railways. Pipelines can be damaged during railroad accidents or during emergency response and cleanup activities in an accident’s aftermath.
When responding to any incident on or near a railway, ask your dispatcher to notify the 811 “Call Before You Dig” center. The 811 service will identify underground utilities in the vicinity and will notify Dominion Energy or the local gas pipeline operator if gas pipelines are nearby. Once notified, Dominion Energy or the pipeline operator can provide the incident commander with pertinent information regarding the depth and location of nearby natural gas pipelines.