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Natural Gas Public Awareness Page

The Office of Facility Services of Louisiana State University operates a “Master Meter” distribution system for natural gas.  The underground system, consisting of over 20 miles of steel and polyethylene pipe, safely and reliably provides natural gas to the campus community for the generation of electricity and steam, heating water, cooking, and climate control.  




Damage Prevention Awareness


One of the common reasons for gas leaks is damage to the pipe from digging. It is the public's responsibility to help prevent damage to natural gas pipes. LSU is a participating member in the Louisiana One Call System. The law requires all individuals to obtain an Excavation Permit from the Office of Facility Services when engaging in any activity (as stated in the By-Laws of the Louisiana One Call System, Inc.) that will affect underground utilities.  The permit must be applied for three (3) days prior to any excavation activity in all facilities including but not limited to the Main Campus, The School of Veterinary Medicine, the Fire & Emergency Training Institute, the Ben Hur Agriculture areas, the St. Gabriel Agriculture areas, and the LSU Arboretum. 


An LSU Excavation Permit does not cover non-LSU Utilities in the locations that other utility agencies have lines.  In this event, you must also call Louisiana One Call (811 or 800.272.3020). After location and marking of all of the underground utilities in the area a permit will be issued. The location of any gas lines, if present, along with any other underground utilities will be identified above ground. The above ground markings are a caution to whoever is digging that underground utilities exist in the area below. Newer polyethylene (plastic) gas lines are yellow to aid in identification.