Are pipelines safe?
Yes. Pipelines are the safest, most reliable and efficient manner of transporting energy products. Statistics gathered by the National Transportation Safety Board, a federal agency, indicate that less than one one-hundredth of one percent (.01%) of all transportation accidents in the United States are related to pipelines.
I’d like to get some gas from one of your pipelines. How do I do that?
Williams operates transmission pipelines, which are used for transporting natural gas to market areas where it can be distributed by local distribution companies or used as fuel in power generation facilities. We do not provide residential natural gas service. Contact your local gas utility company to ask about natural gas service.
Is Williams responsible for mowing their right of way?
If the property is an easement (owned by someone other than Williams), then Williams is not responsible, Williams is only responsible for maintaining property owned by Williams.
Who do I call to locate the pipeline or facilities on my property?
By state law, to have the underground facilities located, you must call the Utility Coordinating Committee (UCC) – also known as One-Call at the appropriate number for your state at least 48 hours, excluding weekends and holidays, before you begin any digging activities within the easement area.
What size are the pipelines?
Generally speaking, our pipelines range in size from 2 inches to 48 inches in diameter. For more information on the pipeline in your area, contact Williams at 1-800-Williams or contact us via email.
What is an encroachment?
Why does Williams maintain clear rights of way?
Williams maintains clear rights of way to ensure that its operations remain as safe as possible. Williams must have unrestricted entry and access to all of its facilities at all times for regular maintenance or during emergency situations. A clear right of way provides easy identification and monitoring of the pipeline facilities, which is imperative in preventing third-party damage. Trees and large shrubs obstruct the view for foot patrols and aerial inspections, which are routine procedures for maintaining the rights of way. Tree roots also create a danger to the coating that protects the pipeline from corrosion.
What are the yellow markers and why are they located where they are?
The yellow posts located within our easement area are pipeline marker posts. The marker provides helpful information concerning the line that is situated at this location. The marker or sign does not necessarily mark the exact location of the pipe(s), which seldom runs in a straight line between any two markers. Line markers cannot be relied on to provide information on depth or number of lines in the area. Such information can be found by calling 1-888-258-0808. IT IS AGAINST THE LAW FOR ANY PERSON TO WILLFULLY AND KNOWINGLY DEFACE, DAMAGE, REMOVE, OR DESTROY ANY PIPELINE SIGN OR RIGHT OF WAY POST.