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For Excavators, Contractors, and Developers


Excavation, digging and grading are the most frequent causes of pipeline damage and failures. To help you locate our pipeline, Explorer Pipeline has installed markers at regular intervals along the pipeline, at road and railroad crossings and at all aboveground facilities. Explorer Pipelines markers are easy to spot—just look for the black, yellow, and white signs.

When planning your work, remember these important rules:

1. Always notify the local one-call center before you begin work.

2. An Explorer Pipeline representative must be on site while you work around our facilities to inspect the work and monitor the site until construction is completed.

3. Alert Explorer Pipeline if work crews will be crossing the right of way with motorized equipment or vehicles.

4. A gouge, scrape, scratch or dent to the pipe or its coating, no matter how minor, may cause future safety issues. Notify Explorer Pipeline immediately if you hit or contact the pipeline so we can inspect and repair any damage.

All damages to underground gas or hazardous liquid pipeline facilities in the state of Texas are required by law to be reported electronically by filing a Texas Damage Reporting Form (TDRF) through the Railroad commission of Texas (RRC) webpage. For details of the law and the reporting form please visit Railroad Commission of Texas Pipeline Safety.

Developers must notify Explorer Pipeline well in advance of any planned activity on or near the Explorer Pipeline right-of-way. For more information, call (888) 876-0036 or e-mail [email protected]. To download a copy of the Explorer Pipeline encroachment specifications, visit our specifications page.

Excavators must notify the pipeline company through the One-Call Center immediately but not later than two hours following the damage incident.

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