Sempra Energy: SoCalGas, Orange County Fire Authority and the California Regional Common Ground Alliance Held Mock Natural Gas Line Digging Accident to Demonstrate Importance of Contacting 811 Before Excavation Work and Following Safe Digging Procedures

LOS ANGELES, August 9, 2019 – To commemorate 8/11 Day (August 11), Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas)The California Regional Common Ground Alliance (CARCGA) and Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) held a mock utility line strike to raise awareness about the importance of contacting 811 at least two working days (not counting the day of notification) prior to the start of any project that involves digging. When residents or contractors contact 811, utility companies will mark the locations of their underground lines to prevent them from being damaged, which could cause injury, death, service outages or costly repair bills for homeowners. Photos are available here.

‘About 60 percent of pipeline damage due to digging is caused by homeowners or contractors who do not call 811 before they dig,’ said David Buczkowski, vice president of gas engineering and system integrity for SoCalGas. ‘They have no idea where buried natural gas pipelines, or electric lines, may be located, and that’s not safe. By contrast, when people do call 811, most of these accidental dig-ins are preventable.’…read more

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