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DURHAM, N.C. (Jan. 30, 2019) — In light of recent natural gas line damages in Durham, PSNC Energy, a subsidiary of Dominion Energy, is reminding the public to call 811 at least three full business days before digging to have underground utility lines marked, and allowing utilities three days to mark their underground infrastructure.
“The Triangle is experiencing exciting growth and with so much development, we understand there’s a lot more digging activity,” said Scott Swindler, General Manager of construction, operations and maintenance for PSNC Energy. “We do, however, want to remind contractors and homeowners alike, to make the call to 811 to ensure safety. It’s also North Carolina State Law.”
One free call to 811 can help prevent incidents that may cause traffic disruptions – like the one in Durham yesterday – injuries, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Callers to 811 are connected to NC811, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of the caller’s intent to dig. Professional locators then have three working days to mark the location of underground lines with flags or spray paint. Once lines have been properly marked, digging can begin around the marked lines.
The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surface. The best way to avoid damaging underground utilities and risking injury or loss of service is to call 811 to learn the location of buried lines in the area.
Visit nc811.org for more state information about 811 and the call-before-you-dig process.
About PSNC Energy
PSNC Energy headquartered in Gastonia, N.C., is franchised to serve a 28-county service area in North Carolina. The utility distributes natural gas to more than 577,000 customers in 96 cities and communities, including the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill areas in the north central part of the state; the Concord, Statesville, Gastonia, and Forest City areas in the Piedmont; and the Asheville, Hendersonville, Brevard, and Sylva areas in the western part of the state. More information about PSNC Energy is available through the company’s web site at psncenegy.com, Twitter and Facebook.
About Dominion Energy Nearly 7.5 million customers in 18 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, Va. The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable and safe energy and is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy with about $100 billion of assets providing electric generation, transmission and distribution, as well as natural gas storage, transmission, distribution and import/export services. As one of the nation's leading solar operators, the company intends to reduce its carbon intensity 60 percent by 2030. Through its Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, as well as EnergyShare and other programs, Dominion Energy contributed nearly $35 million in 2018 to community causes. Please visit www.DominionEnergy.com to learn more.