Share list of streets under a Street Cut moratorium
List should show year paved and be updated annually. *Share in December or as soon as possible after the end of construction season.
Share all years of all infrastructure plans.
This includes plans for paving, water and sewer projects. Gas companies recognize that these plans are often tentative, as funding, winter damage, emergencies and politics can change priorities. Some municipalities only shared one year of plans in order to “force” the gas company to focus on coordinating year one projects. While well intentioned, this severely limits the amount of advance notice the gas company receives and therefore limits its ability to adjust its plans in response.
Share any other “wish-list” information.
If the municipality has other long-term infrastructure project goals, sharing this information may help the planning process for the gas company.
Share information on planned new developments as soon as possible.
New residential and commercial developments may require new gas mains and/or updates to existing gas mains servicing the area. The municipality should ensure that the gas company is aware as early as possible. The municipality should also request an affirmative decision on whether work on mains will be needed.
Request gas main replacement plan.
Ensure that the municipality receives an updated copy each year of the gas company’s gas main replacement plans, which should cover at least three years.
Request map showing existence of gas main on streets and pipe material.
Use this information to proactively identify 1) which municipal projects might encroach upon leak-prone pipe, forcing the gas company to replace it; and 2) which road segments will need pipe replaced eventually. This level of detail - simply showing whether the street has pipe and its material, but not where in the street pipe exists or other aspects of the system - should not constitute Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII) but should be sufficient to benefit the coordination and planning process.
For municipal engineering projects, request gas main location information.
This information should have the level of detail necessary to locate the pipe in the street and determine its dimensions. This enhanced level of detail should not constitute CEII because it will only be shared for small segments of the system at a time. Use this information to proactively improve engineering designs and minimize the need for future change orders or in-field delays. However, remember that gas company data may not be entirely accurate, as the depth and location of pipes may have changed over time due to natural and human activities. Further, this information does not substitute for getting mark-outs from Dig Safe.
For gas company engineering projects, share water and sewer main location information.
Provide the same level of detail as the gas company provides to facilitate their engineering and design process. This can benefit the municipality by reducing in-field change orders that might prolong the gas company’s work and therefore disruption to traffic.
Request gas leaks data.
Data is publicly available each year in each gas companies Annual Service Quality Report and could be shared directly by the gas company as part of the overall data sharing to help the municipality better understand its infrastructure.
Request and offer to share GIS files for infrastructure and plans.
Requested GIS files can include gas main replacement plans and the existence of gas mains and material type. Files can be easily opened in the same map as the municipality's plans to facilitate comparison. Offer to share street-cut moratorium list and infrastructure plans as GIS files.