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CALL BEFORE YOU DIG!
Due to the danger of hitting a pipeline or other utility, anyone digging more than 12 inches deep needs to call the Utility Locator Service (811) to have all utilities accurately located and marked. It is the law in Washington. This is a free service. Do not assume you know where utilities are. Activities like digging postholes for a fence or mailbox, or planting a tree, can end up damaging or rupturing a pipeline. Usually construction of buildings and other permanent structures (swimming pools, anchored play equipment, patios, fences etc.) are not allowed on pipeline right-of-ways (see below) because of possible damage to the pipeline and interference with the pipeline company's ability to inspect and maintain the pipeline.
Make sure that you or any contractors working on your property use the One-Call Service. Maps and drawings can be off by several feet. McChord Pipeline Co. maintains membership in the regional One-Call System. They can be contacted at 811. For information regarding One-Call please see www.wucc.org/whycall.html.
The pipeline is formally patrolled one time per week. The pipeline is patrolled many additional times through pipeline inspector responses to pipeline locate requests. Above ground markers clearly show the location of the pipeline right-of-way. If you observe someone performing work on the pipeline right-of-way without an inspector present or any unusual conditions, please call us at the 24-hour emergency phone number 253-593-6085. Personnel from McChord Pipeline Co. are available at all times to respond to a pipeline emergency.
Right-of-Ways - When a pipeline is first constructed the pipeline owner obtains a contract with the property owner allowing them to use the land for their pipeline. These contracts are referred to as easements, or right-of-ways. There are no standard right-of-way agreements, so the width and terms of the right-of-way can vary from property to property. It is very important that landowners review their right-of-way contracts to clearly understand what both the pipeline company and the landowner are and are not allowed to do within the right-of-way. It is also important to recognize that many utilities and pipelines are located in the street easement adjacent to the property. This is true for a majority of the McChord Pipeline route.

IN CASE OF AN
EMERGENCY CALL
253-593-6085 OR 911
24 HOURS A DAY
7 DAYS A WEEK
 

IF YOU
SUSPECT A LEAK

LEAVE the area immediately and warn others in immediate area. Call 911. Do not use cell phone near the leak. Call well away from the area (cell phones can ignite airborne gases).

DO NOT turn electrical switches on or off (these can also ignite airborne gases).

DO NOT strike a match or create a flame.

DO NOT breathe, drive into or make contact with liquid from leak or vapor cloud.

 
Call if you observe any emergency situation, digging or other unusual activity around the pipeline.
253-593-6085
 
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