Public Awareness

Pipeline Safety

Pipelines are safe and efficient and provide the most cost effective and feasible means for transporting and delivering the vast quantities of energy products that we require each day. Crude oil, natural gas and refined petroleum products are transported in pipelines all across the United States.

How to Recognize a Possible Pipeline Leak

LOOK– Do you see an unusual pool of liquid on the ground, a white cloud or fog, or discolored vegetation?

LISTEN – Do you hear any unusual noise, such as a hissing or roaring sound?

SMELL– Do you notice any unusual odor?

What to Do If You Suspect a Leak

  1. Turn off and abandon equipment you are using.
  2. Leave the area immediately.
  3. Warn others.
  4. Seek the aid of local authorities.
  5. Notify the pipeline operator immediately.

Click below to find out each role’s responsibilities during an emergency:

What to Do If You Are Digging and Disturb a Pipeline?

Even if you cause what seems to be only minor damage to the pipeline, notify the pipeline company immediately. A gouge, scrape, dent or crease to the pipe or its coating may cause a future break or leak. It is imperative that the pipeline owner inspect and repair any damage to the line.

Call Before You Dig: Call the National One-Call Hotline 811 at least 48 hours before you dig.

Additional Resources:

Pipeline 101 - www.pipeline101.com 
Pipeline Hasardous Material Safety Administraction - www.phmsa.dot.gov
811 Call Before You Dig - www.call811.com
Association of Oil Pipelines - www.aopl.org