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Pipeline Rights of Way

A pipeline right-of-way is the strip of land over and around a pipeline. Rights-of-way are kept clear of obstructions to enable the gas company to safely operate, patrol, inspect, maintain and repair its pipelines. We regularly inspect our rights-of-way.

A right-of-way agreement between the gas company and the property owner is called an easement. Easements provide the gas company with permanent, limited interest to the land to enable us to access, operate, test, inspect, maintain and protect our pipelines. Although agreements may vary, rights-of-way can extend up to 25 feet each way from the center of the pipeline.

If we have an easement on your property, do not install any structures, store anything that could be an obstruction, or plant trees or shrubs along the right-of-way. Normal gardening and agricultural activities are generally acceptable. But you should never dig or construct anything in the area without first contacting Columbia Gas to mark the pipeline, stake the right of way and explain the company’s construction guidelines.

Right-of-Way Guidelines

Encroachment on company rights-of-way

Encroachments within pipeline right-of-way limits include, but are not limited to:
  • Structures, e.g. pools, decks, outbuildings, man-made bodies of water
  • Dwellings
  • Garages
  • Operation of heavy equipment
  • Grading (i.e. cut or fill)
  • Planting and/or removal of trees and shrubs
  • Septic tanks, lines or leach beds
  • Restriction to access of right-of-way (e.g. fences, concrete, manholes, walls, brush piles, physical threats, etc.)
  • Unapproved utility installations

Any planned encroachment or encroachment that is in the process of construction or placement will be investigated by company representatives. Appropriate action will be taken to ensure safe operation of company facilities.

Cables, pipelines and other facilities crossing company pipelines

All utilities or third parties must notify Columbia Gas of Ohio prior to construction. When crossing company facilities, the following factors are taken into consideration:
  • Other utilities and fiber optic lines must cross company pipelines at or as near as practical to 90 degrees
  • The utility or fiber optic line must maintain a minimum clearance as required by the company
  • Electric and fiber optic lines must cross below company pipelines and be encased for the complete width of the company right of way
  • All utilities crossing company facilities must be installed with warning tape, marker posts or both
  • Call 811 at least two business days prior to any excavation

If you contact a pipeline resulting in the release of natural gas

  • Turn off and abandon any motorized equipment you might be using
  • Leave the area quickly
  • From a safe location, call 911 and Columbia Gas of Ohio at 1-800-344-4077
  • Do not attempt to stop the flow of gas or make repairs

For more information

Please call us at 1-800-344-4077 and ask for the Survey and Land representative.