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811 Day: Atmos Energy Reminds Homeowners and Excavators to Call 811 Before You Dig

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Jennifer Altieri
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(August 8, 2014) Atmos Energy Corporation is joining utilities nationwide to recognize National 811 Day on Monday, August 11, 2014. This day serves as a reminder to all - homeowners, construction crews, and do-it-yourselfers - to observe safe digging practices by always calling 811 before any digging occurs.

“It’s the law in every state we serve, from Texas to Kentucky,” said John McDill, Atmos Energy vice president of pipeline safety. “The 811 program is provided at no charge, and it can save you time and money, as well as prevent threats to life and property.”

By calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to their local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig.  Professional locators are then sent to the digging site to mark the locations of underground utility owned lines with flags and spray paint, free of charge.

“The greatest risk to underground natural gas pipelines is accidental damage during excavation,” McDill said. “It is important to respect the marked lines; hand digging near the markings helps eliminate damage. Minor damages such as a gouge, scrape, dent, or crease to a pipeline, or its coating, may cause a leak or failure. To protect pipelines and other underground facilities, the law requires that all excavators call 811 between two and ten days before excavation work begins on public or private property.”

Installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree and pouring concrete are examples of digging projects that need a call to 811 before starting.

ATMOS ENERGY SAFETY CHALLENGE: Watch, listen and win! Take the Atmos Energy Safety Challenge prior to 811 Day for a chance to win a grill utensil set. Visit www.atmosenergy.com/safetychallenge for more details.

About Atmos Energy
Atmos Energy Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, is one of the country's largest natural-gas-only distributors, serving over three million natural gas distribution customers in over 1,400 communities in eight states from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West. Atmos Energy manages company-owned natural gas pipeline and storage assets, including one of the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline systems in Texas and also provides natural gas marketing and procurement services to industrial, commercial and municipal customers primarily in the Midwest and Southeast. For more information, visit www.atmosenergy.com.  Atmos Energy can also be accessed through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


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