July 21, 2017

Gas Line Rupture Drill Highlights Statewide Need to Call 811; Attorney General Focuses on Penalties

 The Iowa Pipeline Association (IPA), Iowa One Call, Iowa Land Improvement Contractors Association (LICA), and Enertech will present the video and photo friendly Melbourne Mock Line Strike drill on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, at the Iowa LICA Farm, 1741  290th Street, Melbourne, IA 50162.

This free event brings first responders, utility, oil & gas, municipal, and county personnel together to take part in dynamic hands-on scenario safety training, while LICA will be hosting events through the day, including equipment demos with the main focus on completion of the on-site pond.

The pipeline rupture drill program begins at 1:30 with the introduction of Iowa One Call by the IPA, and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller discussing penalties for striking buried pipelines.

Immediately afterward, attendees have the rare opportunity to experience a mock gas pipeline rupture showing what happens when a gas delivery line is struck by mechanized digging equipment, and what steps need to be taken in the immediate aftermath.

Northern Natural Gas, Iowa One Call, USIC, and local fire and EMS will work together in a unified command to control the incident.

Here is a video link to a similar event recently presented in Weston, West Virginia.


“Striking any kind of underground line is not something anyone wants to take lightly,” says Patrick Carney, project coordinator with Enertech.  “Should it happen to be gas, for instance, you literally have only seconds to make decisions that could save your life.  As partners in safety, pipeline companies value the unique skills and expertise of the emergency responders. Working through this scenario, we all gain hands-on experience and learn from each other in the process.”

Interviews are available with representatives from Iowa One Call, Iowa Pipeline Association, LICA, Northern Natural Gas, Enertech and area first responders.

About Iowa One Call   Iowa One Call provides contractors, homeowners, and others who may be excavating, digging, or trenching with a single toll free number to call for locating and marking underground facilities.   Just call 811 to be connected and begin the free service.   www.iowaonecall.com

About LICA  Iowa LICA contractors work with soil and water. From land clearing, drainage, wetland restoration, pond building, sewer and water installation, septic systems, terraces, waterways, erosion control structures, basements, demolition, sewage disposal, seeding, tree planting, removal of underground stroage tanks to any other type of work with soil and water.  Before you hire a contractor to do your work, check to see if they are a member of the Iowa Land Improvement Contractor’s Association. Assure yourself of a job well done.  www.ialica.com

About Iowa Pipeline Association    The Iowa Pipeline Association (IPA) was formed to promote and disseminate pipeline safety communications that emphasizes public safety, pipeline integrity and environmental stewardship.  www.iowapipelinesafety.com

About Northern Natural Gas  Northern Natural Gas Company (Northern) is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy based in Omaha, Nebraska and has been in business since 1930. Northern owns and operates the largest interstate natural gas pipeline system in the United States. Northern’s pipeline system stretches across 11 states, from the Permian Basin in Texas to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, providing access to five of the major natural gas supply regions in North America.  www.northernnaturalgas.com

About USIC  Performing over 70 million locates annually, USIC is the most trusted name in underground utility damage prevention. USIC also provides a full suite of utility services throughout the United States and Canada. Our mission: to deliver quality, efficient, safe, and innovative solutions to protect our partner’s infrastructure and critical assets.  www.usicllc.com

About Enertech  Enertech specializes in API RP 1162, CFR 192 and CFR 195 public awareness, damage prevention and integrity management programs for natural gas distribution, gas transmission, gas gathering and hazardous liquid pipeline companies.  Innovation. Service. Experience. These are the driving forces behind the services, programs and products Enertech provides.  http://enertech.com/

About PipelineResponse/Mock Line Strike  This is a collaboration between Enertech and Texas811.  It covers a complete excavation lifecycle from making the one-call, line locating, proper excavation tactics, line strike and emergency operator response to the line strike.  The forum is set on an excavation site and representatives from each stakeholder group speak on each topic during the excavation lifecyclewww.diggingtexas811.com