What is a pipeline leak?
A pipeline leak can occur when natural gas, oil or other pipelines have not been maintained properly or because of a destructive natural disaster.
How can you recognize a pipeline leak?
Luckily, pipeline operators are trained to detect leaks and can monitor the lines fairly successfully. However, civilians can stay on alert to help detect pipeline leaks earlier than the operators by sight, smell and sound. You may see green discoloration around the pipeline “right-of-way” or possibly a cloud of vapor. You may also smell an unusual odor or hint of petroleum. And if you hear hissing or roaring coming from the pipeline, you might have a pipeline leak in your neighborhood.
What should you do if you suspect a pipeline leak nearby?
Do not touch anything and leave the scene right away. Of course, do not light a match near the scene, and make sure you call 911 immediately.
How can you prevent pipeline leaks?
The Common Ground Alliance keeps up-to-date information on the best practices for preventing a pipeline leak depending on the specific system in your area. Check out the latest updates on your pipeline system here.
Contact Texas811 if you need to dig into the ground around a pipeline. We can help ensure a safe dig.