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Public Awareness

Natural Gas Master Meter Operator Public Awareness Plan

(1) Describe the purpose and reliability of the pipeline;

This message is being provided pursuant to compliance with the minimum Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations 49 CFR Part §192.616 Public Awareness. (Rhode Island College) is by definition a natural gas master meter operator purchasing natural gas from the National Grid Gas Company through one main gas meter. National Grid Gas only owns the gas piping up to and including the one main gas meter and is not responsible for the maintenance of the gas piping supplying gas to all the buildings on our property. (Rhode Island College) is responsible for all the natural gas piping after the one main gas meter, both above and below ground, and therefore must comply with the minimum Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations 49 CFR Part §192.

(2) An overview of the hazards of the pipeline and prevention measures used;

Option 1.) The underground natural gas piping located at (Rhode Island College) is made of polyethylene plastic designed exclusively for the distribution of natural gas underground and under pressure. Plastic pipe is not conducive to corrosion. The minimum Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations 49 CFR Part §192 require plastic natural gas pipe to be leakage surveyed once every five (5) years not to exceed sixty-three (63) months. Any natural gas leaks found that are determined to be hazardous to the general public must be repaired immediately.

Option 2.) The underground natural gas piping located at (Rhode Island College) is made of steel designed exclusively for the distribution of natural gas underground and under pressure. Steel pipe once installed below ground is subject to corrosion. The minimum Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations 49 CFR Part §192 require steel natural gas pipe under cathodic protection to be leakage surveyed once every five (5) years not to exceed sixty-three (63) months. Any natural gas leaks found that are determined to be hazardous to the general public must be repaired immediately. The cathodic protection system must be verified for compliance once every calendar year not to exceed fifteen (15) months.

Option 3.) The underground natural gas piping located at (Rhode Island College) is made of steel or cast iron designed exclusively for the distribution of natural gas underground and under pressure. Steel pipe once installed below ground is subject to corrosion. The minimum Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations 49 CFR Part §192 require steel natural gas pipe installed prior to August 1, 1971 to be leakage surveyed once every three (3) years not to exceed thirty-nine (39) months. Any natural gas leaks found that are determined to be hazardous to the general public must be repaired immediately.

(3) Information about damage prevention;

(Rhode Island College) is responsible to locate and mark all natural gas lines below ground after the one main natural gas meter on our property. The Rhode Island DigSafe Law requires that any mechanical excavation performed with-in one-hundred (100) feet of a public utility requires a valid DigSafe ticket forty-eight (48) hours prior to excavation. A DigSafe ticket can be obtained by calling 1-888-DigSafe or 811. Please note (Rhode Island College) is a member of DigSafe.

(4) How to recognize and respond to a gas leak;

Natural gas normally is non-toxic, tasteless, colorless and odorless. For your safety, a scent known as "mercaptan," an acrid chemical, is added to the natural gas so that you will recognize it immediately, should there ever be a leak. Mercaptan makes natural gas smell like sulphur, or rotten eggs.

If you smell natural gas...Leave the building immediately, taking everyone with you (including pets), and leave all doors and windows open behind you. Don't re-enter the home to open doors and windows.

Do Not:

use phones, computers, appliances, elevators or garage door openers
touch electrical outlets, switches or doorbells
smoke or use a lighter, match or other open flame
position or operate vehicles or powered equipment where leaking natural gas may be present, from a neighbor's home or nearby business, call the gas company at 401-272-3330 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hearing & Speech Impaired: Dial 711.

(5) How to get additional information.

The State of Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers, 89 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, Rhode Island is responsible to enforce the minimum Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations 49 CFR Part §192. The Division is required to inspect for compliance this facility at least once every three (3) years at a minimum. For further information contact the Division at (401) 780-2123 or visit their website at Outside Linkwww.ripuc.org.

Page last updated: August 25, 2008