A Guide To Safe
Digging In Your Yard

By following these steps, you can ensure that work done near SaskEnergy’s underground gas lines is completed safely.


Unsafe digging around gas lines, including not having them marked, can lead to injury or death, damage to equipment and surrounding buildings, and a disruption of service to your community.

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  • Plan Your Project

    Under Saskatchewan Law, a line locate must be completed prior to any work that involves digging or disturbing the soil on property where a SaskEnergy buried gas line is located.

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  • White Line Your Digging Area

    White lining your digging area is a recommended step before requesting line locates.

    By white lining, you help us know where you intend to dig. The line locating technician will mark all SaskEnergy lines in the area you mark off, and any lines close to your work site.

    We recommend you outline your project site with white flags, paint or survey tape on small wooden stakes.

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  • Line Locate Requests

    Requests for line locates must be made a minimum of two full working days before a proposed digging project will begin (not including the day of the request). When you contact Sask 1st Call, be ready with the following important information:

    • City/town or nearest city/town of dig location
    • Street address, legal land location or lot and block
    • For urban locations, 2 intersecting street names
    • Type of work being done
    • Start date

    Line locate requests can be submitted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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  • Lines Marked

    Line locating technicians will clearly mark the location of underground gas pipelines using flags or paint. You will receive notification when all our lines have been marked and it is safe to start your digging project.

    Line locates are only valid for 10 business days, as markers left over a longer period of time can be accidently pulled up, moved and reinserted incorrectly, or impacted by weather. If your project is delayed past the 10-day period, you must contact Sask 1st Call to have SaskEnergy’s gas lines marked again.

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  • Obtaining Permission To Proceed

    SaskEnergy has specific regulations you must follow when digging near buried gas lines.

    You need SaskEnergy’s permission, and may require a permit, before proceeding. SaskEnergy’s regulations apply to any excavation work within the following distances from a gas line:

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  • Hand Dig Safety

    If you have to operate machinery—such as a backhoe, skid-steer or post hole auger— within 1.5 metres on either side of the gas line, you need to first safely remove the soil over the gas line so you can see it. This is called “daylighting”—exposing the gas line to daylight.

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  • Working In Proximity To Buried Facilities

    Please review your record of locate and make sure your work area is accurately shown. Do not assume a pipeline runs in a perfectly straight line, as the pipeline’s route through your property may have been altered at the time of construction, or from gradual ground movement.

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  • What If?

  • Consequences Of A Line Hit:

    • Personal Injury or death
    • Service Outages
    • Equipment damage
    • Costly repairs for which you will be charged
    • Fines and legal action

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  • 3 Ways To Request A Line Locate:

    1. Online: ClickBeforeYouDig.com

    2. Download Sask1st Call app for free:

    3. Phone: 1-866-828-4888

    In emergency situations, line locate services are
    available by calling our toll-free number above.