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Peoples Gas

For Release: 05/23/2013

Building a Deck or Planting a Tree This Summer?

Call 8-1-1 at least 48 hours before you dig, says Peoples Gas.

Chicago, IL – The upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, the unofficial start to summer, has residents beginning to plan those long awaited summer landscaping projects. Peoples Gas wants to remind residents to follow pipeline safety procedures and call before they dig to make sure the area is clear of buried natural gas pipelines beneath the property. In certain cases, this can be only a few inches from the surface and easy striking distance even for shallow digging projects.

Summer projects could include planting trees, shrubs or bushes, the installation of underground sprinklers, building a deck or laying a patio. If the project involves digging, Chicago residents should first call 811 or the DIGGER Hotline at (312) 744-7000 at least 48 before planning to dig to have the buried utilities marked for free. Even if it’s a temporary project like pounding stakes for graduation party tents, it requires a call to 811 or the DIGGER Hotline before your project begins.

The 8-1-1 number is a one-call, coordinated, nationwide underground utility location system whose purpose is to keep everyone safe. Location specialists will come to your home, locate, and mark all underground utility services in your yard free of charge. At least two working days are required for locates prior to beginning a digging project. Nationwide, a utility line is damaged by digging once every three minutes and one-third of these incidents are caused by failure of the homeowner or professional excavator to call 8-1-1. PGL says the misconception is most home owners think the 8-1-1 Diggers Hotline only applies to those who use large power digging equipment. The unfortunate result may be serious injuries and disruption to electric or natural gas service to entire neighborhoods. PGL has approximately 4,000 miles of underground distribution and transportation natural gas pipeline in the city of Chicago. Calling 8-1-1 or (312) 744-7000 well in advance of your project start date to get locates done, will help ensure you can start your projects safely as planned.

For more information or to find all of the utility’s pipeline safety materials, please visit our website at

About Peoples Gas

Peoples Gas, a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG ), is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves approximately 829,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the city of Chicago.

In 2011, Peoples Gas embarked on their Accelerated Main Replacement Project (AMRP) and plans to spend over $2.5bn to replace nearly 1000 miles of natural gas pipelines over the next 10 years.

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For More Information, Contact:

  • Bonnie Johnson
    Manager-Public Relations
    Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas
    (312) 240-3661