“If you smell a gas leak, do not ignore it! If you smell gas inside, contact your local gas company immediately. If the smell is strong, or if you are unsure of your safety, leave your home and then call the company.”
Pipeline leaks can be dangerous. Damage to pipelines, most often caused by excavation, occurs too frequently to low pressure distribution lines, but is rare along gathering and transmission lines. A damaged pipeline may release flammable products into the soil or the air that can be harmful to people and the environment. It is important that you know how to quickly respond to a potential pipeline emergency.
Use your sense of smell, sight and sound to identify a potential pipeline leak. Signs of a leak may include:
- • SMELL: Strong petroleum scent or other pungent odor, a smell similar to rotten eggs, or sulfur, if odorant is added
- • SIGHT: Dead or dying vegetation near the pipeline, pools of liquid or fire on the ground near the pipeline, dirt or debris blowing into the air, fire or a dense white cloud or fog
- • SOUND: Hissing, gurgling or roaring sound near pipelines or pipeline markers
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