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Gastonia, N.C. — Spring is a popular time for construction activity and outdoor projects and many of those involve digging. PSNC Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dominion Energy, dedicates this month to raising awareness of safe digging practices across its footprint and reminding the public that any safe digging project starts with a call to 811.
North Carolina State Law requires contractors and homeowners to call 811 at least three full business days in advance of planned excavation. Alternatively, the public can visit nc811.org or use the NC811 app to conveniently submit a utility line locate request. Examples of excavation projects include installation of a septic tank, swimming pool, fence, water well, sprinkler system, mailbox post or tree planting. At no cost, professional locators, like Brandon (video), will mark the location of utility lines within three days after your call. Once all utility lines have been marked, careful digging around the marks can begin.
“We had approximately 1,160 dig-ins to our natural gas lines in 2018,” said Scott Swindler, PSNC Energy General Manager of Operations and Maintenance. “In addition to posing a serious safety issue, these incidents can cause inconvenient traffic and service disruptions as well as result in costly fines and repairs for excavators.”
Construction activity causes the majority of gas line incidents on PSNC Energy’s system. Contractor companies wanting to prevent utility line damages may benefit from NC811’s PipesPlus, a free damage prevention certification program offered in-person or online. PSNC Energy offers natural gas safety training for contractors as well. Companies wanting to connect with the utility about safety training should email email@example.com.
About PSNC Energy
Headquartered in Gastonia, N.C., PSNC Energy, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dominion Energy. The regulated public utility is franchised to serve a 28-county service area in North Carolina. The utility distributes natural gas to more than 581,000 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 at psncenergy.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.