Home/property owners should be aware of buried fuel lines on their property. What is a customer-owned buried fuel line? It’s natural gas piping on the customer’s property that was installed after the PSE&G gas meter and goes back underground, typically leading to another building to supply heat or hot water. Smaller lines may be installed to directly feed a gas grill or decorative gas lamp.
PSE&G operates and maintains all gas piping up to and including the Company’s meter. The Company does not maintain any gas piping located beyond the gas meter. These gas lines are the property and responsibility of the customer. If you have any buried gas lines beyond the gas meter, it is recommended that maintenance be performed to prevent potential corrosion and leak hazards by periodically inspecting metallic lines. If any unsafe conditions are found, these gas lines must be repaired or disconnected.
Buried gas piping should be:
Checked regularly for safety and inspected for leaks by a qualified inspection agency.
Inspected periodically for corrosion if the piping is metallic.
Repaired or shut off if any unsafe condition is discovered.
When planning to excavate, customer piping should be located and marked in advance.
Any excavating near the gas pipe should be performed by hand digging.