All 50 states have instituted the ‘one call’ program, which provides construction crews with a phone number that can be called when any excavation is planned. Following the call, the utility will be notified and come out to the site to flag the area. They may even determine to have someone on-site to monitor the digging. The national 3 digit number for one call is “811”.
Homeowners protect yourself from injury. Before planting trees, shrubs, installing fences, mail boxes or whatever excavating activities you are doing, make a call to your one call center. Call 811 at least two business days before you dig, auger, or move dirt in any way. Year to date, homeowners have damaged numerous gas facilities. Remember for your safety and to minimize expensive repair bills, call to have your gas facilities located prior to any digging.
Hearthstone Utilities Inc., a holding company, distributes and sells natural gas to end-use residential, commercial and industrial customers. It distributes approximately 26 billion cubic feet of natural gas to approximately 70,900 customers through regulated utilities operating in Montana, Ohio, Maine and North Carolina. The Company’s other operations include natural gas production and natural gas marketing. The Company's Montana public utility was originally incorporated in 1909.
Hearthstone Utilities' strategy for growth is to expand throughput, particularly in the Maine and North Carolina markets, while looking for acquisitions that are either adjacent to its existing utilities or in under saturated markets.