Protecting Pipelines & Right-of-Way

Tallgrass maintains constant surveillance of its pipelines through field inspection, aircraft patrol and 24-hour observation from its control centers. Tallgrass also regularly uses advanced technology to inspect and map the interior of the pipeline.

We ensure public safety and safe pipeline operations through adherence to our comprehensive Integrity Management plan and procedures. Contact us to request more information about this plan.

In addition to 24-hour monitoring and on-going safety and security procedures, Tallgrass relies on you, the local emergency responder, to notify Tallgrass when you observe potential right-of-way restriction violations or potential damage to our facilities, which could endanger public safety. We support your enforcement of "Call Before You Dig" requirements in states where they apply.

Enforcement of Right-of-Way Restrictions

The right-of-way is the land over and around the pipeline, typically 25 feet on either side of the pipeline in which both Tallgrass and the landowner have a legal interest. However, to protect the pipeline from damage there are restrictions which prohibit certain usage of this area. Unauthorized uses typically include the placement of buildings or structures or the planting of trees and shrubs, which might interfere with the safe operation of the pipeline. Unauthorized use is known as encroachment.

Tallgrass regularly conducts maintenance to trim trees and remove shrubs or structures that are on the right-of-way or prohibit the company from clearly viewing the pipeline route during aerial or foot patrols.

Contact us if you notice right-of-way encroachment.

 Read more about your role in maintaining a safe right-of-way.

Enforcement of “Call Before You Dig” Requirements

Excavation activity, including highway maintenance and other municipality-sponsored projects, is the most common cause of serious pipeline damage.

In most states, residents, businesses, excavators, contractors and farmers are required by law to call 811 or their local One-Call Center at least two or three working days before starting an excavation project to have pipelines and underground utilities marked. Calling before digging, either by hand or by machinery, prevents accidents and injury. Refer to your state-specific One-Call laws for more information.