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On 8/11 and Beyond, Call 8-1-1 Before You Dig

811  safety regulations 

Robin Rorick

Robin Rorick
Posted August 11, 2021

On Aug. 11 – National 811 Day – API is reminding Americans to call 8-1-1 before they dig.

The federally mandated call-before-you-dig number is available to Americans in every state. Expert-level professional contractors and DIY homeowners alike should use it to learn where utilities are located before breaking ground on home improvement or other construction projects.

The natural gas and oil industry is committed to improving the safety and security of America’s extensive infrastructure network. By promoting consensus-based standards, performance reporting guidelines and public awareness campaigns, we can accelerate progress toward a zero-incident future together.

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API Continues to Lead on Safety During Pandemic

api standards program  safety standards  safety regulations 

John Siciliano

John D. Siciliano
Posted August 27, 2020

Despite the pandemic, API has moved forward with dozens of new safety standards, covering everything from liquefied natural gas (LNG) to pipelines, to manufacturing specifications for offshore wells – ensuring that safety and scientific rigor, through API’s standards program, remain front and center.

We have used this challenging time to help ensure that the natural gas and oil industry is focused on safely and sustainably meeting both the domestic and global need for energy through API’s world-class standards program.

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Safe Digging Month: Call 8-1-1 First

811  safety regulations  infrastructure 

Kate Wallace

Kate Lowery
Posted April 15, 2019

Every 6 minutes, an underground utility line is damaged because someone dug without first calling 811 – the number you can call for free, from anywhere in the country, to verify that it’s safe to dig.  

 The goal is to keep everyone safe by ensuring that there are no below-ground utility lines that could be unintentionally damaged.

April is Safe Digging Month, an annual campaign to remind homeowners and contractors to call 811 before starting a home project that involves digging.

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For Digging Safety, Dial 8-1-1

infrastructure  safety regulations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 1, 2016

April 1 marks the beginning of national Safe Digging Month and the annual campaign reminding U.S. homeowners and professionals with digging projects to make the free 811 call to help avoid damaging underground utilities, including power and natural gas lines.

It’s critically important. According to the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the United States has more than 20 million miles of underground utilities which, if accidentally damaged by digging, can have significant negative outcomes – virtually all of them avoidable if an 811 call is made before the digging begins.

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A Year Later

boemre  boemre  bp  deepwater horizon  gulf coast  gulf of mexico  oil spill  macondo oil well  offshore wells  safety regulations 

Jack Gerard

Jack Gerard
Posted April 20, 2011

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the Macondo oil well spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it is important that we remember the 11 workers who died in that accident, their families and the communities along the Gulf coast that were most affected by this incident.

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