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Hidden Dangers in Tornado Cleanup
Atmos Energy Says Call 811 Before You Dig

Media Contact:  Jennifer Ryan   972.855.3164

DALLAS (May 16, 2013) – Atmos Energy is asking emergency crews, customers and volunteers involved in tornado recovery to call 811 before using heavy equipment such as back-hoes, front-end-loaders, power augers or plows.

"The damage is so extensive throughout parts of North Texas that many neighbors and volunteers are aiding in the clean-up effort. But, if workers don’t know what’s below them such as buried natural gas pipelines, they’re putting themselves and the neighboorhood at risk," Atmos Energy Vice President of Operations, Rad Cook said.

"Call 811 and wait for any underground utility lines to be marked before excavating near a tornado-ravaged home or area," Cook said. Atmos Energy has crews on hand to locate buried gas lines and ensure the public is safe.

As the clean-up continues, Atmos Energy is asking residents to be alert for natural gas leaks.

"If you smell natural gas, leave the area immediately and do not operate anything that might cause a spark," Cook said. From a safe distance, call Atmos Energy’s Emergency Hotline at 1-866-322-8667, and we will send a trained technician to investigate.


About Atmos Energy

Atmos Energy Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, is one of the country's largest natural-gas-only distributors, serving about three million natural gas distribution customers in over 1,400 communities in eight states from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West. Atmos Energy also provides natural gas marketing and procurement services to industrial, commercial and municipal customers primarily in the Midwest and Southeast and manages company-owned natural gas pipelines and storage assets, including one of the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline systems in Texas. For more information, visit www.atmosenergy.com. Atmos Energy can also be accessed through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.