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Atmos Energy unveils pledge to call 811

Posted Aug. 15, 2019

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Research indicates there is a 99% chance of avoiding a utility service outage, property damage, personal injury or harm to the environment when someone dials 811 before digging.

Because excavation damage poses the greatest threat to its natural gas system, Atmos Energy has unveiled a “Pledge to Call 811” to underscore the importance of safe digging. Atmos Energy will donate $1 to the American Red Cross for every pledge completed online.

“Natural gas safety is a partnership, so we want everyone to understand the importance of calling 811 before building a deck, planting a tree, installing a fence or digging for any other project,” said John McDill, Atmos Energy vice president of pipeline safety. “Calling 811 is free, it’s safe and it’s required by law — helping to protect millions of miles of underground utility lines that are vital to everyday life.”

When someone dials 811 before digging for any project, that caller will reach a local representative who will coordinate with Atmos Energy and other utilities to mark all underground pipes and cables.

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