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Pipeline Safety and Location

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Natural gas is a safe energy if used correctly and Alliant Energy encourages you to share this information with people in your household or business. Alliant Energy considers its customers an important partner in preventing natural gas emergencies and keeping communities safe.

Alliant Energy’s goal is to make sure each customer understands the preventive and protective steps taken to keep those living and working near natural gas facilities safe. Alliant Energy also routinely communicates with police, fire, and emergency responder organizations to help them prepare, prevent, and react to natural gas emergencies.

Alliant Energy is a public utility holding company headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, serving approximately 950,000 electric and 410,000 natural gas customers throughout its service territory. The company’s primary focus is providing its customers in the Midwest with regulated electricity and natural gas service. Interstate Power and Light (IPL) and Wisconsin Power and Light (WPL) are subsidiaries of Alliant Energy Corporation.

IPL is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and serves more than 234,000 residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in Iowa. Its system connects to four pipeline suppliers: Northern Natural Gas, Northern Border Pipeline, Natural Gas Pipeline of America, and ANR Pipeline Company. IPL’s system includes approximately 800 miles of transmission lines, 4,453 miles of distribution main, 795 distribution regulation stations, and serves more than 240 communities.

WPL is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin and serves more than 179,600 residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in Wisconsin. WPL's system connects to two pipeline suppliers: Northern Natural Gas and ANR Pipeline Company. The WPL system includes approximately 51 miles of transmission lines, 3,939 miles of distribution main, 388 distribution regulation stations, and serves more than 237 communities.

Alliant Energy is committed to operating safe natural gas pipelines that meet all local, state, and federal regulations.

Pipeline location

IPipeline markert’s important to know the location of pipelines in your community. Since transmission pipelines are underground, Alliant Energy uses markers to show their approximate location.

The color, size, and design may vary but all markers must display the following:

  • Material transported in the pipeline
  • Name of the pipeline operators
  • Operator's telephone number in case of emergency

The National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) can also provide the names of pipeline operators in specific areas.

Alliant Energy is dedicated to keeping our employees, customers and communities safe through training, education and awareness.

Check out these links to learn more:

Emergency responders can request a free copy of the Emergency Responder Safety DVD.

Keeping your community safe

Alliant Energy natural gas transmission pipelines deliver gas directly to customers and to local distribution system stations, often referred to as gate stations, where pressure is lowered for final distribution to customers. The distribution systems consist of mains, which are usually located along or under city streets, and smaller service lines that come off the mains and distribute natural gas service to homes and businesses.

Managing and maintaining the integrity of that transmission and distribution pipeline system is a primary goal. The purpose of Alliant Energy’s Integrity Management program is to safely transport natural gas to customers without adverse effects on the public, employees, and environment.

To learn more about our integrity management program or other natural gas pipeline safety topics, call 1-800-257-3645.

Para solicitar una versión en español de un folleto de seguridad de gas natural, llame al 1-800-257-3645.

Alliant Energy is dedicated to keeping its employees, customers, and communities safe through training, education, and awareness. All Alliant Energy journeymen crews and contractors are trained on emergency response and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Gas materials, tools, and equipment are all stored at strategic locations throughout the territory to allow quick response to natural gas emergencies. Alliant Energy is continuously seeking out new technologies in pipeline design, construction, inspections, and operations to allow for the safe, cost-effective, and secure delivery of natural gas.

As an energy provider, Alliant Energy operates in a manner that helps preserve the environment and reduces the risk of harm to human health, safety, and welfare. Alliant Energy conducts periodic assessments to ensure it is following environmental regulations, as well as internal policies and procedures. The results of these assessments and issue resolutions are tracked, and discussed with facility managers and site personnel. The importance of environmental compliance is further reflected in our compensation programs, which include goals related to environmental, health and safety matters.