Public Welcome To Gas Line Accident Simulation, Eqpt. Rodeo, Food, Cash & Prizes (FRIDAY)

Public Welcome To Gas Line Accident Simulation, Eqpt. Rodeo, Food, Cash & Prizes

Bring the family…

SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – The Springfield Gas System will host a FREE safety awareness day, equipment rodeo, and gas main damage demonstration at the Robertson County Fairgrounds on Friday, May 3, 2019. The event is designed to promote the use of safe digging practices by area excavators and to prepare local emergency officials to respond to incidents involving natural gas pipelines. Gates open for the free event at 8:30 AM CDT and lunch will be provided. There will be $3,000 in cash & door prizes to be given away at the event. ($1,000 for the Equipment Rodeo sponsored by Thompson CAT). Online registration is available at

Officials tell Smokey Barn News that the simulated rupture and subsequent 911 response will be very realistic and even includes actors. Might be a fun event for the family.

Realistic simulated rupture and subsequent 911 response with actors.

A fun event for the family.

Third party excavation is a leading cause of damage to buried pipelines specifically and underground utilities in general. More than 2,300 natural gas damages were reported in Tennessee in 2018 through the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT). Digging without knowing the location of underground lines can result in costly repairs, service disruptions, and even serious injuries. Tennessee 811 encourages DIYers and professional excavators to always call 811 three working days before digging, regardless of depth, so that utility operators have the chance to mark the location of their gas, electric, communications, water and sewer facilities with flags and/or paint.

“Natural gas is a clean burning and efficient source of energy for our community’s homes, businesses, and industry,” said Springfield Gas System’s Safety and Training Coordinator, Sam Andavazo. “A quick call to 811 notifies us to come mark buried lines to prevent an accident and keep the natural gas safely inside the pipe.”

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Communication and coordination efforts play an important role in preventing damage to underground utilities, but it’s important to plan for the worst-case scenario. The Robertson County Emergency Management Agency and Springfield Fire Department will respond to the simulated gas damage using the equipment and techniques that would be employed if it was a real-life incident.

Springfield Gas System is committed to providing safe and reliable natural gas to the City of Springfield and surrounding areas of Robertson County. The system consists of 368 miles of steel and plastic pipeline serving approximately 8,614 customers, operated by a trained and qualified staff of natural gas professionals.

Tennessee 811 is the statewide “Call Before You Dig” service connecting weekend warriors and professional excavators with underground utility operators in their project area. Established in 1983, the Nashville-based nonprofit organization is supported by more than 500 member utility companies, with the goal of promoting safety by preventing damage to buried utilities. Learn more at

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