A pipeline right-of-way is a strip of land encompassing buried pipelines and other natural gas equipment allowing them to be permanently located on public and/or private land to provide natural gas service. A right-of-way allows pipeline operators, like Texas Gas Service, to access buried pipelines.  

Rights-of-way should be kept clear of obstructions to enable Texas Gas Service employees and contractors to safely operate, patrol, inspect, maintain and repair the pipelines. It’s important that you do not install any structures, plant trees or shrubs or store anything that could be an obstruction on or near rights-of-way. 

In rural areas, you can spot a pipeline right-of-way by looking for line markers, like the ones shown in this image, which are used to indicate the presence of a buried pipeline. 

In populated areas, pipeline markers are not always required. It is important to always call 811 – in both populated and rural areas – to have underground utility lines located and marked before beginning any excavation. 

Be cautious before beginning any construction projects on your property, such as the installation of fences, mailboxes, sprinkler systems, etc. You should never dig or construct anything without first calling 811 to have the natural gas pipelines and other utility facilities marked at no cost to you.  

Right-Of-Way Reminders: 

  • Always call 811 at least two full working days before you dig. 
  • Don’t dig until locations of all utilities are marked or cleared. 
  • Don’t dig where there are marked utilities. 
  • Don’t plant trees or tall shrubs on or near a right-of-way. 
  • Don’t dig, build, store or place anything on or near a right-of-way. 

To report a natural gas odor or emergency, leave the area immediately and then call 911 and 800-959-5325.