A pipeline right-of-way (ROW) is a strip of land over and around pipelines where some of the property owner's legal rights have been granted to Piedmont Natural Gas. To identify the existence of buried pipelines within the right-of-way, Piedmont has installed pipeline markers in the ground at intervals above the pipeline.
A ROW agreement between Piedmont and the present or former property owner is called an easement. ROWs and easements enable Piedmont to operate, test, inspect, repair, maintain, replace, and protect one or more pipelines on property owned by others.
Pipeline ROWs are inspected regularly. Foot patrols require access to check ROW conditions, to install and maintain markers and signs, and to clear brush to keep the ROW accessible. In addition, pipeline ROWs are patrolled by air to monitor use and activities and to locate areas that may require maintenance.
Using the ROW
Acceptable ROW Uses:
- Raising certain crops
- Flower beds, vegetable gardens, lawns, low shrubbery
- Livestock grazing
- Hiking and horseback trails
As a general reminder, call your One-Call Center at 811 before you dig.
Call 811 Before You Dig
Uses NOT allowed on ROW:
- Permanent structures
- Wells or other boreholes
- Storage of flammable materials, equipment, bulk goods and vehicles
- Burning of such materials as waste, scrap lumber and slash
Uses requiring written permission:
- Any activity requiring excavation
- All crossings such as underground utilities, roads and driveways, and drainage ditches
- Paving or parking on a long-term basis
- Installation of posts or fences
- Changes to depth of soil over the pipeline
- Land development