In observance of National 811 Day, Columbia Pipeline Group (CPG) local employees and local government officials including Senator Camera Bartolotta and Representative Brandon Neuman to a celebration and tree planting, highlighting safe digging awareness.
On August 11 (8/11), CPG joined utility companies around the country to remind the public to always call 811 two to three days prior to the start of any digging project in order to identify the approximate location of underground utilities lines.
Attendees gathered at the North Strabane Township Municipal Park to hear remarks by North Strabane Township Chairman, Brian Spicer, Senator Bartolotta, Representative Neuman and Columbia Midstream Group’s Vice President of Marketing, Mike Huwar.
“Service disruptions and expensive repairs can create headaches for homeowners, but those minor annoyances pale in comparison to the value of a human life, said Senator Bartolotta. “Safe digging isn’t a topic that is likely to go viral, but every person who shares that information will increase the likelihood of getting those details into the hands of those who need it.”
Representative Neuman added, “811 is all about planning. Planning is very important as it greatly strengthens safety measures. We need to continue to raise awareness to be better prepared.”
The ceremony finished with a planting of a tree to represent the purpose and importance of utilizing 811.
“More than 2.6 million miles of energy transportation pipelines travel throughout the nation. Evan with such a significant figure, many people do not realize that they are in fact stakeholders in pipeline safety,” says Mike Huwar. “As a company that constructs this vital infrastructure, we feel it is our responsibility to promote public awareness of safe digging, and to spread the message about using one of the most simple and effective tools available – dialing 811.”
Visit www.call811.com for further information on 811 and safe digging practices.