May 10, 2011 09:00 ET

ATCO Gas Reminds Albertans to Call Before You Dig

Stay safe by digging carefully around natural gas lines

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 10, 2011) - With spring upon us, many Albertans are thinking about outdoor home improvement projects such as building decks, digging fence post holes and planting trees. ATCO Gas reminds Albertans to put safety first by calling Alberta One-Call to have their underground utilities marked before starting outdoor projects.

"Hitting a natural gas pipeline is extremely dangerous, and it's also 100 per cent preventable," said Brian Hahn, President, ATCO Gas. "I encourage anyone who is thinking about starting a digging or construction project to visit to find out more about how to dig safely."

At least two days before starting any project that disturbs the ground, Albertans are reminded to call Alberta One-Call at 1-800-242-3447 to have underground utilities in the work area marked. Once the markings are in place, avoid digging in the area around the markings, unless absolutely necessary. If digging within one metre of the outside of the markings is required, it must be done carefully using a shovel.

Last year there were 601 damages to ATCO Gas's underground natural gas pipelines. Most of the damages were the result of excavators, contractors and residential customers failing to have their underground utilities marked before digging or failing to dig safely around the natural gas line after it was marked.

ATCO Gas is an Alberta-based, province-wide natural gas distribution company, serving more than one million customers in nearly 300 Alberta communities and is part of the ATCO Group of Companies. ATCO Group, with more than 7,700 employees and assets of approximately $10 billion, delivers service excellence and innovative business solutions worldwide with leading companies engaged in Utilities, Energy, Structures & Logistics, and Technologies. More information about ATCO can be found on its website,

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