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Safety & Education

Safety and Education at CenterPoint Energy

CenterPoint Energy understands that the quality of our future workforce and the economic vitality of our local communities are closely linked to education. That is why we actively seek partnerships with educators, nonprofits and other business leaders to improve our schools, as well as enhance educational opportunities for students. Through our education outreach initiatives we also teach valuable natural gas safety lessons for children and adults.

Energy Underground  

At Energy Underground, you'll find 200-plus pages for teachers and students. The Web site provides access to the most up-to-date information about natural gas, safety and consumer information for diverse age groups:

The Underground -  Sniffasaurus guides children through the underground as Maurice the Mole and Ernesto the Earthworm welcome elementary age students.
Deep Earth - Created especially for middle school students.
The Zone - Designed for the older student or young adult.
Natural Source - Home and work safety for adults.
Teachers' Lounge - Lesson plans, reference section and great Web links for teachers.
Contractor Information- Contains important safety information for people who work near gas lines.

CenterPoint Energy funds a website called Energy Underground ( The website features age-appropriate resources to help students learn valuable natural gas safety information, such as how to detect a gas leak and conduct experiments such as making fossils or conducting earthquakes.

CenterPoint Energy Speakers Bureau

If your organization, business or civic association seeks timely, relevant natural gas safety and energy information, members of our Speakers Bureau are available to present a variety of speech topics at no cost to groups throughout the communities we serve. Find out more. For questions, or to reserve a speaker, click here.

Additional Websites To Learn More About Natural Gas

Looking for more information regarding pipelines and safe digging, please visit these sites:

  • Pipeline 101 - information on energy pipelines
  • 811- Know What's Below, Call Before You Dig - digging smart, whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional

Looking for industry information, please visit these sites

  • American Petroleum Institute (API) - equipment & operating standards for oil and natural gas
  • American Gas Association (AGA) - represents local energy companies delivering natural gas
  • Common Ground Alliance (CGA) - an association dedicated to ensuring public safety, environmental protection, and the integrity of services by promoting effective damage prevention practices
  • Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) - represents interstate natural gas pipeline companies

Looking for Regulatory information, please visit

  • US Dept of Transportation Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) - 
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