There is a main gas line easement on the edge of our land, but the gas company is concerned about where the garden is. Would the line be marked well enough on a county map to say where the easement is?

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    That entirely depends on the county, and isn't really a GIS issue, per se. If you're gardening over utility resources, you probably want to talk with Miss Utility to get the ground marked (says the guy who cut a natural gas line while removing a 4-foot concrete footer for a rusting laundry line support pole). – Vince May 8 at 19:51
  • we don't have any of those problems in the top foot, so it doesn't matter to me what happens. if the utility company has a problem maybe they should put in permanent markings. – user May 8 at 20:02
  • My wife digs her beds 3-4 feet deep. If you hit a utility line with a power tool there could be significant costs (and risk to life and limb). – Vince May 8 at 20:04
  • i'm a no tiller – user May 8 at 20:05
  • This question is to general it depends on local Government rules and regulations. – Mapperz May 9 at 1:10

If there's a record of survey or possibly on the deed, they might show the easement. A "GIS" or tax assessor's map is unlikely to accurately show the easement.

A title company might be able to find easement information, but I've heard of plenty of cases where the easement description is not precise enough to accurately locate its position. Then the utility builds somewhere within their easement...hopefully. It's unlikely to be centered within the easement although as time passes, sometimes the easement will recenter itself on the installed lines.

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