Line markers are used to indicate the approximate location of pipelines, which are buried underground. The markers are generally placed wherever needed to indicate the presence of a pipeline, such as a street intersection, railroad, river and high traffic areas. It is a federal crime for any person to willfully deface, damage, remove or destroy any pipeline sign or right-of-way marker required by federal law.
Markers are helpful in providing an approximate location for a pipeline, but do not indicate the exact locations, the depth of the buried pipeline or number of lines in the area. Don’t rely solely on the presence or absence of a pipeline marker. Always call 811 or your state’s One-Call notification service to have underground facilities marked.
Pipeline rights of way are kept free from obstructions so we can safely operate, patrol, inspect, maintain and conduct repairs. If a pipeline crosses your property, do not plant trees or high shrubs on the right of way. Also, do not dig, store or place anything on or near the right of way without first having pipeline company personnel mark the pipeline, stake the right of way and explain the company’s minimum guidelines for construction.
Columbia Pipeline Group maintains a right of way agreement with property owners called an easement. The easement allows for a permanent, limited real property interest to the land above a pipeline to enable the company to construct, replace, operate, test, inspect, maintain and protect their pipelines. Although agreements may vary, rights of way generally extend 25 feet from each side of the pipeline, unless specified otherwise.