Bangor Gas Company transports natural gas safely and efficiently through its pipeline to paper mills, schools, hospitals, marketers, local residence and businesses. Pipelines within the United States have a proven track record of being the safest way to transport energy. Although Bangor Gas Company was engineered and constructed according to stringent safety standards, it is important that we communicate with our neighbors about this important issue.
Common sense - and a basic understanding of how the pipeline works - will keep our system, and our neighbors, safe.
How does the Bangor Gas Company’s Pipeline work?
Natural gas travels from producing regions to Bangor Gas Company's consumers through its distribution pipeline system. The Bangor Gas Company’s pipeline is made of high-strength welded steel and is designed to operate safely at pressures up to 400 psi. However, because the gas is under high pressure, it is very important to protect the pipe from accidental scrapes and gouges through the use of the DigSafe system as well as periodic patrols of the right of way by Bangor Gas Company’s field personnel.
How long does a pipeline last?
A properly installed, well-maintained pipeline can operate safely and efficiently for decades. The pipeline has been coated and protected against corrosion, and all welds have been x-rayed during construction. In addition, Bangor Gas Company regularly inspects the system for damage or deterioration. Sections of pipe can be removed and replaced, if necessary.
The DigSafe program is a one-stop shopping approach to help contractors and property owners locate underground utilities. Under Maine law, DigSafe must be notified before any excavation occurs. DigSafe then notifies the appropriate utilities, and any underground facilities in the excavation area are located and marked by trained personnel. Bangor Gas Company’s operations technicians will monitor any excavation activities within the right of way at no charge to the landowner or contractor.(1-888- DIG SAFE)
What does Bangor Gas Company do to promote safety?
Safety is our number one priority!
- Bangor Gas Company was designed and constructed to comply with stringent safety codes;
- Bangor Gas Company is operated and maintained with an ever-present mission towards safety; and,
- Bangor Gas Company regularly offers a comprehensive training program to local emergency responders to ensure that they know what to do -- and what not to do -- in the very unlikely event of an incident on the pipeline.
To help identify the location of the pipeline, Bangor Gas Company has installed thousands of bright yellow pipeline markers along the right-of-way as follows:
- On each side of roadways, railroads, and larger streams/rivers; and
- At significant bends along the pipeline.
- While Bangor Gas Company has taken great efforts to locate its markers accurately, they should never be relied upon for precise pipeline location.
- It is a federal offense to move, destroy or otherwise tamper with pipeline markers.
NEVER ASSUME YOU KNOW THE EXACT LOCATION OF THE PIPELINE
What will happen if there is an unintended release of natural gas?
A release can result in a potentially dangerous situation! Bangor Gas Company and local emergency personnel will respond promptly.
Until The Situation Is Under Control:
- Keep away, and keep others away from the problem area until trained personnel communicate that it is safe to return;
- Do not enter a building in which gas buildup is suspected;
- Do not allow open flames or operate electrical devices in the presence of escaping gas;(telephones, doorbells, halogen lights, etc., can provide a sufficient spark to ignite gas);
- Do not try to operate pipeline valves -- only trained personnel may operate pipeline controls and equipment.
Loring Pipeline: 189 miles from Searsport to Limestone, Maine
Bangor Gas Company is committed to maintaining the Loring Pipeline right-of-way from Searsport to Limestone through sound environmental practices with the goal of protecting Maine’s sensitive natural resources such as wetlands, rivers, streams and lakes. While many recreational activities such as snowmobiling, conducted along the right-of-way do not adversely affect the Loring Pipeline environmental restorations, there are others that have a negative impact. Specifically, the heavy use of all-terrain vehicles, off-road motorcycles, and four-wheel drive vehicles have damaged vegetation and erosion control along the pipeline right-of-way. Bangor Gas Company supports and encourages the environmentally sensitive approach and responsible use of the right-of-way.