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Crossing pipeline with Non-Metallic Lines
When crossing an operator’s ROW, install a tracer wire for nonmetallic foreign lines. This enables the pipeline to be located across the ROW in the future. It’s always a good idea to also install warning tape over the non-metallic line for the entire width of the right of way.
These are just a few examples and there are many more.
The teamwork between pipeline technicians and excavation crews in the field keeps us all safe. Many hazardous material pipelines run right through many people’s backyards and a line strike or damage to the pipeline line can be catastrophic. I have a pipeline right of way located within 300 feet of my pillow. This subject hits close to home for me.
Bob Nighswonger is the President and CEO of Utility Training Academy. Bob has over 25 years of experience in the field of utility locating and damage prevention. For questions or comments, Bob can be reached at
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