One Call Center
Contractors and Excavators
A major cause of pipeline leaks is third-party damage (excavation, digging, grading, etc).
Whether you are planning to build a major development or just landscape your property, notify your state’s One-Call Center. before you dig.
If you will be crossing Merit Energy Company pipeline’s rights-of-way with motorized equipment or vehicles, please contact us, or the One-Call Center. because special attention must be given not to subject a pipeline to excessive weight.
When notified in advance, we will mark the location of our pipelines and rights-of-way and explain our construction guidelines. Free of charge, this service allows you to begin your project with the assurance that our pipelines will not be damaged and your safety will not be compromised.
Police, Fire and Public Safety Officials
The following suggestions are offered as a guide to assist police, fire and public safety officials in safeguarding the public in the event of a pipeline emergency
If a Merit Energy pipeline line or facility is involved, report the event and the location of the incident to us at 1-877-258-3219.
Be aware of wind direction and potential ignition sources.
Do not attempt to operate pipeline valves. You may inadvertently route additional gas to the leak.
Some farm work such as digging, cleaning ditches, sub-soiling, plowing fields, cutting drains, leveling land, and installing fence post can be hazardous activities near underground pipelines. These activities could put you in danger of striking or cutting into a pipeline.
Sub-soiling, digging, or cleaning ditches can be the most destructive, because the equipment used for these tasks can dig several feet below the surface.
Even merely redistributing surface soil, as with land leveling, can reduce the depth at which the pipeline is buried, leaving it more vulnerable to future digging or excavation.
Before doing any activity listed above, notify your state’s One-Call Center.