Piedmont Natural Gas to perform routine pipeline inspection activities June 1-7 in Spruce Pine
Piedmont Natural Gas is performing a series of routine pipeline inspection activities June 1-7 on Hinson Thomas Road in Spruce Pine.
During the testing, which involves the use of an In-Line Inspection Device, it may be necessary for Piedmont to “flare,” or burn off, any excess natural gas used during the inspection process.
A flare stack (large vertical pipe) will be used for any flaring operations, which could produce a loud noise and result in a tall flame being visible to nearby neighborhoods and businesses. People in the area also may notice a whistling sound or the smell of natural gas.
Flare stack operation is a controlled process that will be managed and monitored by Piedmont Natural Gas personnel in cooperation with local fire department resources.
Piedmont Natural Gas personnel and licensed contractors will be performing all pipeline inspection and assessment activities, as well as any necessary flaring operations. Local fire department resources also may be present.