Your senses of sight, sound and smell are the best ways to recognize a pipeline leak. Leaks rarely occur, but recognizing these signs is the first step in protecting yourself, your family and our neighborhood.
Our pipelines transport hydrocarbon products such as crude oil, refined petroleum products, natural gas liquids, liquefied petroleum gas or flammable gas. These products will appear as a liquid, gas, vapor or combination of the three when not contained in the pipeline.
- Discolored plants or trees surrounding the pipeline in an otherwise green area.
- Flames originating from the ground or valves along the pipeline route.
- A slight mist of ice or a frozen area on exposed pipes or valves.
- A dense white cloud or fog.
- Bubbling in standing water.
- An oily or multicolored sheen on land or water.
- A “hissing” sound from the ground near a pipeline or an area of the pipeline.
- A “bubbling” sound.
- A strange or unusual smell – the products will have a typical petroleum odor like oil, gasoline or other fuel.