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Excavator Education Program (EEP)

Download this years copy of the Excavator Education Program (EEP) handbook for Gas and Liquid Pipeline without PA 174 and the Excavator Education Program (EEP) handbook for Gas and Liquid Pipeline with PA 174


Michigan’s natural gas utilities, transmission pipeline operators and MISS DIG System annually distribute The MISS DIG 811 Excavation Handbook for Gas & Liquid Pipelines to excavation contractors as part of their Pipeline Public Awareness programs. We want to partner with you for safe-digging practices to help protect the public, your employees and the environment.

There are thousands of miles of high-pressure natural gas and petroleum transmission lines and lower-pressure distribution lines throughout the state. Pipelines help fuel our economy and way of life by bringing clean-burning natural gas to homes and businesses.

Underground transmission pipelines carry natural gas into our state from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico and Canada. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, pipelines are the safest, most reliable and cost-effective means of transporting energy products such as natural gas over long distances.

We work with local, state and federal agencies in implementing programs to encourage safe-digging and pipeline-security practices and to ensure high-quality pipeline monitoring and maintenance.

Each year thousands of utility strikes happen throughout Michigan, including those to gas and pipeline facilities. These strikes cause services outages, put employees at risk, and result in costly repair bills for excavators. The information provided within this booklet can help reduce or eliminate your likelihood of strikes occurring during your upcoming projects.