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NYSEG and RG&E to Use Helicopters to Inspect Natural Gas Transmission Rights of Way

Rochester, NY – Area residents shouldn’t be alarmed if they see helicopters flying low over natural gas transmission pipeline rights of way this week.

Both NYSEG and RG&E will inspect natural gas transmission rights of way in the Norwich, Oneonta, Geneva, Lockport and Rochester regions by helicopter from today through Thursday, weather permitting. Air inspection of natural gas rights of way enables the companies to spot and correct vegetation or encroachment issues that may hinder access to maintenance and repair crews.

“We invest considerable time and resources to ensure that our customers enjoy safe, uninterrupted service,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “A helicopter provides an excellent vantage point and makes inspecting the rights of way quick and efficient.”