HOW TO RECOGNIZE A PIPELINE LEAK
SIGHT: Liquid pools, dead or discolored vegetation in an otherwise healthy area of vegetation, continuous bubbling in wet or flooded areas, an oily sheen on water surfaces, vaporous fogs or frozen ground in warm weather can all be indicative of a pipeline leak.
SOUND: A quiet hissing to a loud roar depending upon the size of the leak
SMELL: An unusual smell, petroleum odor, sweet aromatic odor, or astringent odor
WHAT TO DO IF YOU NOTICE A PIPELINE LEAK
- LEAVE THE AREA immediately by foot. Stay upwind.
- ABANDON any equipment in use in the vicinity.
- CALL 911 from a safe location and notify the pipeline operator using the telephone number on a nearby pipeline sign. The operator will need your name, phone number, a brief description of the incident, and the location of the leak.
- ADVISE OTHERS not to enter the area, prior to the arrival of emergency personnel.
WHAT NOT TO DO IN EVENT OF A LEAK
- DO NOT come into contact with any escaping liquid or gas.
- DO NOT attempt to operate any pipeline valves yourself. You may inadvertently make the situation worse.
- DO NOT create a spark or source of ignition such as using an electrical switch in the vicinity of a leak
- DO NOT strike a match, start or stop a vehicle, use a telephone, operate equipment or an appliance in the vicinity of a leak.
- DO NOT ring a door bell to notify others of a leak. Knock with your hand to avoid sparks from knockers.
- DO NOT drive into a vapor cloud when leaving the area.
- DO NOT attempt to extinguish a fire. Wait for local firemen and emergency responders trained to deal with the such an emergency.
HOW TO REPORT A PIPELINE LEAK
If you smell or see evidence of a leak call 911 and advise them of your location and nature of the leak.