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Pipeline markers can be found in areas where a pipeline intersects a street, highway or railroad. They can also be located where gas pipelines cross open land, typically on pipeline right-of ways.

The markers are helpful in showing the approximate location of underground pipelines. It is important to know that:
  • Pipelines may not be in a straight line from marker to marker.
  • The markers do not indicate the depth, size or number of pipelines in the ground.
  • Pipeline markers are not used in every pipeline area. So, the absence of pipeline markers does not mean a gas pipeline is not present.
Pipeline markers should not be used to determine where pipelines are located for excavation purposes—always call 811 before you dig.

New Mexico Gas Company suggests that you be aware of pipeline markers in your neighborhood and keep our emergency phone number handy. New Mexico Gas Company pipeline markers are designed to meet Federal requirements. They note that the material being transported is natural gas and give New Mexico Gas Company emergency contact information. To help you recognize natural gas pipeline markers, here are the markers used by New Mexico Gas Company:

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Marker 1 (left): This sign is 4 inches wide and 4 feet high. The word “Warning” is followed by the words “Gas Pipeline.” Except for heavily developed areas, the letters are at least 1 inch high with a ¼ inch stroke. New Mexico Gas Company’s name and 24-hour contact number are also included.

Marker 2 (middle): This sign is 4-inches in diameter. It is placed directly onto streets, curbs or sidewalks where a natural gas pipeline is installed.

Marker 3 (right): These markers vary in size from 1 foot by 18 inches up to 2 feet by 3 feet. They are placed along rights-of-way, as needed.

It is a federal crime to deface, damage, remove or destroy any pipeline marker. Please report any pipeline emergency or damage immediately by calling our emergency line at 888-NM-GAS-CO (888-664-2726).
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