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ADVISORY: Piedmont Natural Gas to conduct pipeline inspection using 'flaring'

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'Flaring' is part of the routine inspection process performed on the pipeline by Piedmont Natural Gas. (Source: Piedmont Natural Gas) 'Flaring' is part of the routine inspection process performed on the pipeline by Piedmont Natural Gas. (Source: Piedmont Natural Gas)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Officials with Piedmont Natural Gas have issued an advisory ahead of routine pipeline inspections planned for June.

The inspection activities will take place on June 19 and 20 near Springfield Road in Spartanburg. Officials said that during testing, Piedmont will have to "flare," or burn off, any excess natural gas used during the inspection process.

According to Piedmont, 'flaring' entails excess natural gas being used to propel an inspection device through the pipeline before being released and burned off. 

"Flaring produces a tall flame that can be seen from a distance, as well as a loud noise and possibly a whistling sound," said Piedmont Natural Gas.

The company has reached out to local law enforcement and first responders in case they receive 911 calls from residents unaware of the routine inspection process. The inspection is closely monitored by Piedmont and local fire department personnel. 

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