Protecting Pipelines & Right-of-way

Kinder Morgan maintains constant surveillance of its pipelines through field inspection, aircraft patrol and 24-hour observation from its control centers. Kinder Morgan 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, Kinder Morgan relies on you, the local emergency responder, to notify Kinder Morgan 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 pipeline right-of-way is the land over and around the pipeline, typically 25 feet on either side of the pipeline. To protect the pipeline, restrictions prohibit building or planting in the right-of-way. Unauthorized building or planting in the pipeline right-of-way is known as encroachment.

Kinder Morgan regularly conducts right-of-way maintenance to trim trees and remove shrubs or structures that prohibit the company from clearly viewing the pipeline corridor during aerial or foot patrols and regular maintenance activities.

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

Read more about right-of-way maintenance and restrictions.

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.