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Public Officials and Natural Gas Safety

Working together to keep communities safe

Alliant Energy has natural gas pipeline assets in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. We serve more than 400,000 customers in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

It's important for public officials to understand the risks, hazards, and rewards natural gas presents.

More than 300,000 miles of pipelines safely bring natural gas to American homes and businesses. In fact, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, underground pipelines are the safest way to transport natural gas. To ensure your community and our pipelines stay safe and secure, Alliant Energy:

  • Provides training and educational materials to contractors and related businesses on safe digging practices;
  • Regularly inspects our natural gas system;
  • Ensures our workforce is trained and qualified;
  • Designs pipelines to ensure the safe delivery of natural gas;
  • Marks and maps pipeline facilities;
  • Invests in new technologies and pipeline integrity management programs;
  • Works with local emergency responders to help prevent and prepare for emergencies;
  • and Educates the public on how to prevent, recognize and respond to natural gas leaks.

Establishing safe land use/development near pipelines

Because damage from digging is the most common cause of underground natural gas leaks, you and other local officials can help keep your community safe by establishing guidelines for construction and development near natural gas pipelines. The development of these guidelines will assist Alliant Energy in monitoring the pipeline system through routine maintenance activities and required state / federal inspections.

  • Establishing set-back requirements for new construction and development near pipelines.
  • Requiring the consent of easement holders as a condition of issuing permits for construction or development that may impact the safe operation of pipelines.
  • During early planning stages, require pipelines operator involvement in road widening or grading, mining, blasting, dredging or other excavation activities that may impact the safe operation of the pipeline.
  • Requesting residents, excavators and land developers to contact Alliant Energy regarding questions about the pipeline or its location.
  • Encourage all residents and contractors to “call before they dig” whenever they plan to landscape, installing fence or build a deck. It’s state law. Calling before you dig is even easier than before – just dial 811.

Resources

Natural Gas Pipeline Safety: How to protect your community [PDF]
Our goal is to make sure public officials understand all of the preventive and protective steps we take to keep those living and working near natural gas pipelines out of harm’s way.

Integrity Management [PDF]
Our Integrity Management Program builds on an already comprehensive safety program by providing a process for inspecting and assessing the condition of Alliant Energy-owned natural gas pipelines and establishing a maintenance program based on best industry practices.

Links

Are you also a natural gas customer? If you have natural gas service at your home, don’t forget to read about all the important safety messages for using natural gas safely.