Diving in to Protect Beaumont September 1-26, 2017 Just east of Houston, Harvey also inundated Beaumont, making nearly every road in the area impassable. CenterPoint Energy took extraordinary measures to help ensure the safety of homes and businesses – 18 employees even slept at the local office to accelerate responses for customers. Heavy currents and debris severed one of Beaumont’s main natural gas supply pipelines below the surface of the Neches River. The team knew that this line serves two industrial customers, employing hundreds of workers. The leak could also impact area residents and local wildlife. As waters continued to rise, the team jumped into action. Together with the City and Port of Beaumont, they organized divers and boats from Beaumont’s Emergency Management team to quickly shut down the pipe before the leak could affect surrounding waters. It was a dramatic example of how teamwork, ingenuity and commitment helped keep Beaumont’s economy flowing. Learn More September 1-2, 2017 Below the surface of the Neches River, a severed 16-inch pipeline threatens local industry. CenterPoint Energy recognizes that long-term damage could shut businesses down and jobs with it. They work with Beaumont’s Emergency Management team to quickly make the needed repair. Safely Salvaging a Pipeline A remote methane leak detector (RMCD) was mounted on a drone to check methane levels in the Neches River while divers shut off the pipeline’s valve underwater. September 4-7, 2017 Fifteen technicians from Huntsville, Lufkin and Mount Pleasant assist 24 Beaumont service technicians to respond to emergency natural gas orders. PEOPLE Always, Always There®What was it like for the team who slept eight nights at our Beaumont office? Here are behind-the scenes photos of their accommodations as they worked tirelessly to respond to natural gas emergencies. September 26, 2017 Recognizing the collaboration with the Beaumont Emergency Management team, CenterPoint Energy donates $50,000 to the City of Beaumont. How it works Understanding Natural Gas PipelinesBelieve it or not, you use energy delivered via pipelines from the time your alarm goes off in the morning until you fall asleep at night. Curious to know how they work? The diagram above shows how natural gas gets to your home or business. NOW: We’ll continue enhancing the reliability of our natural gas pipeline system for residential, commercial and industrial customers while preserving the environment – no matter what it takes.