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Know the responsibilities

Our responsibility

We own and regularly inspect the gas lines up to and including the gas meter. We replace aging gas lines and work to modernize our system each year.

Your responsibility

You own and should regularly inspect the gas lines from your meter to your gas appliances. Any lines that are buried outside and are not regularly inspected and maintained could be affected by corrosion and leaks, and subject to dig-in by excavation. These buried customer-owned natural gas lines could serve pool heaters, generators or other outdoor appliances. Be sure that you’re aware of these lines and their locations.

For your safety, have the location of your outside gas lines from your meter to your natural gas appliances marked before any excavation on your property. Also, have those lines inspected periodically for leaks and corrosion by a qualified professional. To keep your natural gas appliances operating safely and efficiently, you should schedule inspections on a regular basis. If your qualified professional finds an unsafe condition, it should be repaired immediately or natural gas service should be shut off until the repair is made and a safety inspection is completed.

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Who’s responsible for your home’s gas lines?

From the street to the natural gas meter is Columbia Gas’s responsibility. And everything else is your responsibility.

Have a pro inspect your gas lines regularly.

Columbia Gas, A NiSource Company.

Pipeline right of way

Can I put a shed there?

A pipeline right of way is the area of land over and around a gas pipeline. The right of way can extend up to 25 feet from the center of a gas transmission line. To safely operate, patrol, inspect, maintain and repair our gas transmission lines, we regularly inspect the area to ensure nothing has been built, planted or installed within the right of way area. If you plan to dig or build near the pipeline right of way, call us before moving forward with your plans.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration regulates the safety of our industry.

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Have an emergency?

If you smell gas, think you have a gas leak, have carbon monoxide symptoms or have some other emergency situation, go outside and call 911 and then call us at 1-800-544-5606.