Live Gas Pipeline Rupture Drill Highlights Katy Safety Class

Texas811, CenterPoint Energy, USIC, Enertech and Harris County ESD 48 will present the video and photo friendly Katy Safety Class on Friday, April 13, 2018 8:00 am – 10:00 am, Harris County MUD 71, 21437 Clay Road, Katy, TX 77449.

This free event brings first responders, utility, oil & gas, municipal, and county personnel together to take part in dynamic hands-on scenario safety training open to the public.

The video/photography rich pipeline rupture drill program begins at 9:00 am. Videographers are urged to arrive by 8:45 to set up gear. The public is invited to attend this live scenario, where they will have the rare opportunity of experiencing a mock gas pipeline rupture showing what happens when a gas delivery line is struck by mechanized digging equipment, and what steps need to be taken in the immediate aftermath. This event and learning experience is open and free to the public.

Harris County first responders, CenterPoint, USIC and others will work together in a unified command to control the incident.

Here are video links to a similar event presented in Longview and Kerrville.

“Striking any kind of underground line is not something anyone wants to take lightly,” says David Medina, Damage Prevention Manager with the South East Texas Damage Prevention Council. “Should it happen to be gas, for instance, you literally have only seconds to make decisions that could save your life. As partners in safety, pipeline companies value the unique skills and expertise of the emergency responders. Working through this scenario, we all gain hands-on experience and learn from each other in the process.”

Interviews are available with representatives from Texas811, CenterPoint Energy, Enertech, Harris Co. first responders and the South East Texas Damage Prevention Council.

About Texas811 Texas811 provides contractors, homeowners, and others who may be excavating, digging, or trenching with a single toll free number to call for locating and marking underground facilities. Just call 811 to be connected and begin the free service.<><>

About CenterPoint Energy CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution and competitive natural gas sales.<><>

About USIC Performing over 70 million locates annually, USIC is the most trusted name in underground utility damage prevention. USIC also provides a full suite of utility services throughout the United States and<>

About South East Texas DPC The South East Texas Damage Prevention Council works to enhance the process of underground utility damage prevention, promote Common Ground Alliance excavation best practices, and encourage safety and environmental protection through stakeholder education and communication.

About Enertech Enertech specializes in API RP 1162, CFR 192 and CFR 195 public awareness, damage prevention and integrity management programs for natural gas distribution, gas transmission, gas gathering and hazardous liquid pipeline companies. Innovation. Service. Experience. These are the driving forces behind the services, programs and products Enertech provides.

About PipelineResponse/Mock Line Strike This is a collaboration between Enertech and Texas811. It covers a complete excavation lifecycle from making the one-call, line locating, proper excavation tactics, line strike and emergency operator response to the line strike. The forum is set on an excavation site and representatives from each stakeholder group speak on each topic during the excavation<applewebdata://53A80FE5-0BB5-4FAD-9583-B51A85FDD1C6/>