Colonial Pipeline Line 25 Update #3 – August 3, 2018
After Colonial discontinues service on Line 25, the pipeline will go into a state Colonial refers to as “idled.”
During an idled state, Colonial will continue to maintain the right of way and the line as if it was in service. At this point, Line 25 will be filled with an inert gas.
This process is scheduled to begin after the last delivery is completed, projected to be Sept. 30.
Activities on the right of way that were prohibited while the line was in service will remain prohibited. This includes digging in the vicinity of the pipeline, placing buildings on the right of way, and planting trees or large shrubs whose root systems could impact the pipeline’s protective coating. As a reminder: any excavation in the vicinity of the line still requires a call to “811” before you dig.
During an idled state, the actual pipeline remains underground. Colonial will continue to conduct periodic inspections, including aerial overflights, and will continue mowing and other required maintenance to ensure the line’s continued safety.
To protect the public, pipeline markers will remain in place to designate the approximate location of the idled pipeline. Rectifiers, which control an electric current that inhibits corrosion of the line, also will remain.
Although Colonial has no such plans, an idled line can be returned to service.
Landowners with questions about right of way activities may submit their questions to Line25@colonialpipeline.com.