By Suzanne Michaels, For the Sun-News
“The Gas Section of Las Cruces Utilities maintains an underground pipeline system consisting of more than 1,000 miles of gas mains and service lines, which transport natural gas to about 40,000 homes and businesses. Gas comes into the city through two big high pressure gas lines, then runs through 75 regulator stations where pressure is dropped substantially. From there, lower pressure gas lines run beneath city streets all over town to homes and businesses.
Preventing excavation damage to those pipes is a critical component of keeping the gas system safe; it requires a substantial commitment to reminding residents and contractors to call 811 before digging — even if you are just using a shovel to plant a tree.
That public outreach effort by the Gas Section was recognized this month in a letter to Mayor Ken Miyagishima from the Pipeline Safety Bureau of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.”