Enertech in the News
August 14, 2017

Tennessee Promotes National 811 Day

Nicole Winchell

Education on proper and safe digging practices is what Enertech is all about!   We love to see opportunities seized to promote the One Call system and showing the general public the importance of safe digging!

Tennessee 811’s Public Awareness Manager, Craig Ingram was interviewed in recognition of National 811 Day on Good Morning Chattanooga Fox Edition, on August 11th, 2017.  This was a fantastic segment, featuring photos from a Mock Line Stike – Safety Day Event, as well as examples of pipeline damage that can occur if we do not call 811 before we dig.

Click below to view the full segment on Good Morning Chattanooga

August 2, 2017

This week kicks off Mock Line Strike events in Louisiana, starting with Ruston

Nicole Winchell

Ruston’s first Mock Line Strike event has made its way to the local headlines.  This Event kicked off on Tuesday 8/1/2017 without a hitch at the North Louisiana Expo Center in Ruston. Excavators had the opportunity to learn local one-call system requirements and processes, responsibilities during a line locate, understanding of pipeline markers, and the process of reporting pipeline damage.  Emergency Responders got to witness response actions taken in the event of a mock pipeline rupture and witnessed local fire, police and pipeline operators work in a unified command to address the situation.

Excavators and Emergency Responders still have an opportunity to RSVP for an upcoming event for the 2017 year.  For more information and to register, please visit www.digginglouisiana.com.


Click the links below to see the news stories featuring our Ruston MLS Event




July 27, 2017

In The News! Mock Line Strike in Melbourne

Nicole Winchell

Enertech and Iowa One Call’s Mock Line Strike Event held on July 26th in Melbourne Iowa was a success!  Check out the links below for the latest news stories on our event!


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KCCI DeMoines

July 21, 2017

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

Mark Allen

 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

July 20, 2017

2018 Texas811 Liaison Program sign up in progress!

Mark Allen

Who We Are:
Texas811, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and Enertech would like to invite you to participate in 2018 PipelineResponse and Mock Line Strike Liaison Programs.

What are we doing:
Prior to the outdoor mock line strike demonstration, the PipelineResponse training program will be delivered to local Emergency Officials and Public Officials. PipelineResponse has been developed out of the necessity to create an improved level of outreach to Emergency Officials and Public Officials and discuss pre-planning steps to strengthen response capabilities in the event of a pipeline incident.

The PipelineResponse and Mock Line Strike events offer Emergency Officials, Public Officials and Excavator/Contractors an opportunity to participate in classroom and live scenario based training.

The PipelineResponse training program will be delivered to local Emergency Officials and Public Officials. PipelineResponse has been developed out of the necessity to create an improved level of outreach to Emergency Officials and Public Officials and discuss pre-planning steps to strengthen response capabilities in the event of a pipeline incident.

The Mock Line Strike live demonstration involves scenario based training:

Scenario 1 covers the proper use of the 811-notification system, safe excavation and line locate practices and correct pre-excavation interaction with pipeline operators.

Scenario 2 demonstrates a pipeline rupture scenario including the consequences of unsafe digging. Industry professionals will be deploying the demonstration. Observers will have the opportunity to hear, witness the rupture and feel the rush of arriving emergency responders. Following the mock line strike, the participants & audience will debrief by engaging in discussion on the lessons learned.

Order Form:


July 19, 2017

OKIE811 NE Oklahoma Safety Day

Nicole Winchell


Sapulpa Creek County Fairground
17808 OK-66
Kellyville, OK 74039

Event Date:
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Doors Open/Registration:
10:00 am

PipelineResponse Class:
10:30 am

Mock Line Strike:
12:00 pm

11:30 am

APACT brings Mock Line Strike to Alabama

Mark Allen

The  Alabama Public Awareness Cooperative Training (APACT) program, presented by Alabama 811, will be hosting 5 Mock Line Strikes.

For location information: http://apactpipelineawareness.com/

If additional information is needed, dial 205-731-3207, or email McKay Lyvers at mlyvers@al811.com.

2017 Louisiana PipelineResponse and Mock Line Strikes

Mark Allen

Enertech and local pipeline operators are kicking off 2017 Louisiana Mock Line Strike events and Parish Meetings.

Southland Safety will be instructing the free PipelineResponse awareness program that will be held covering local information about pipelines, products, response, and safety information, and local pipeline operators’ contact information.

During the Mock Line Strike, excavators will learn the local one-call system requirements and processes, responsibilities during a line locate, understanding of pipeline markers, and the process of reporting pipeline damage.

Emergency Officials will learn proper response procedures, and watch the local fire, police, and pipeline operators work in unified command during the simulated pipeline rupture.

Click on the links below for coverage of a past events:
Monroe, LA

For more information go to:


Iowa Pipeline Association brings Mock Line Strike to Melbourne

Nicole Winchell

Witness a rare opportunity to see and hear what it is like when an excavation crew ruptures a pipeline. Then watch local fire, police and pipeline operators respond in unified command.


July 26, 2017

Iowa LICA Farm
1741 290th St.
Melbourne, IA 50162

For more information visit http://iowapipelinesafety.com

WV811, Dominion Energy, Mountaineer Gas bring Mock Line Strike to West Virginia

Nicole Winchell

The event was sponsored by Dominion Energy, Mountaineer Gas and WV811.   More than 30 First Responders, contractors and employees of companies involved in the oil and gas industry attend this free demonstration.

During the event, actors put on two simulations.

In the first one, they displayed caution before digging and called 811 to get clearance to begin work. In the second one, the actors did not call before digging and ended up rupturing a pipeline.

The demonstration was presented by employees of Enertech, a company specializing in pipeline safety awareness.

Rich Swiger, an employee of Dominion Energy, said the event was meant to demonstrate to the public the proper steps to take before digging and what could happen if those steps aren’t followed.

“It’s to see what can happen if you do things the right way,” Swiger said. “If you call in West Virginia 811, what they’ll do is contact the utility members, and they go out and meet with the contractor and mark out the pipelines if we have any.

“Then it’s also to show what would happen if you don’t do that. You could hit a pipe, and the pipeline explodes and someone could get hurt.”

Phillip Kingrey, an employee of Mountaineer Gas, said Friday’s event was the first such demonstration to held in West Virginia.

Each year, the state’s energy industry holds 17 pipeline safety meetings across the state, Kingrey said.

“Each one covers four or five counties,” he said. “This is kind of supplemental to that. Instead of having a PowerPoint, we’ve got a demonstration. It’s part of our public awareness program.”

In the future, the industry hopes to hold more demonstrations like Friday’s, Swiger said.

“We’d like to be able to able to do one in the southern part of the state,” he said. “Maybe next year we’ll be able to do one in the northern part and the southern part. Maybe the year after that, we could do four.”

Tom Taylor, executive director of WV811, said more West Virginians need to be aware of the dangers of digging without first calling 811 to make sure conditions are safe.

“Calling before you dig is the most important thing,” Taylor said. “Its a free call and a free service. You really can’t afford to not call — whether you’re digging in your own yard as a homeowner or a contractor or a business.”

For more information on 811, please visit http://www.wv811.com