Recognizing a Leak
Natural gas is an odorless, colorless, non-toxic substance, but can be highly flammable if subjected to an ignition source. Below are signs that a natural gas pipeline is leaking.
- Dust, water or vegetation blowing around a pipeline
- Discolored or dead vegetation near a pipeline
- Bubbling in a wet area
- Flames, if the leak has ignited
Blowing, hissing or roaring sound caused by escaping gas
Know what to do if a leak occurs
- Any pipeline leak can be potentially dangerous, so it’s very important to follow these steps:
- Leave the leak area on foot immediately.
- Do not touch, breathe or make contact with leaking liquids or gases.
- Do not light a match, start an engine, use a telephone or light switch, or do anything that may create a spark.
- Do not attempt to operate any valves on a pipeline – this could make the situation worse.
- From a safe location, call 911, your local emergency response number or the pipeline company.
- The Golden Pass Pipeline 24-hour emergency telephone number is (877) 477-5564.
- Warn others to stay away from the leak.