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Piedmont to Perform Routine Pipeline Inspection in Fayetteville Date Posted: 06/07/2013

What:             
As a part of its ongoing Transmission Integrity Management Program (TIMP), Piedmont Natural Gas will be performing a routine pipeline inspection beginning Monday, June 10, and potentially lasting through Tuesday, June 18 near the intersection of Beard Road and River Road in Fayetteville. During the testing, which involves the use of an “In-Line Inspection Device” (ILID), it may be necessary for Piedmont to conduct a controlled burn or “flaring” of any excess natural gas used during the inspection process.

This test is a routine regulatory requirement, and Piedmont is performing it in compliance with regulations designed to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of natural gas to customers. A flare stack (large vertical pipe) will be used for any flaring operations, which could produce a loud noise and result in a tall flame visible to nearby neighborhoods and businesses. Piedmont has communicated with local residents via mail to make them aware of this activity. Flare stack operation is a controlled process that will be managed and monitored by Piedmont Natural Gas personnel in cooperation with local fire department resources. 

Why:              
Federal Department of Transportation pipeline regulations require these inspections to be performed, and Piedmont Natural Gas is committed to meeting all requirements designed to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas.

Who:              
Piedmont Natural Gas and local fire department resources will be on site.

When:            
Monday, June 10, 2013 – Tuesday, June 18, 2013 

  • Flaring operations will be intermittent throughout the week but could result in periods of prolonged activity.

Where:           
Near the intersection of Beard Road and River Road in Fayetteville.


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