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.

By Sight

  • 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

By Sound
Blowing, hissing or roaring sound caused by escaping gas

Know what to do if a leak occurs

  1. Any pipeline leak can be potentially dangerous, so it’s very important to follow these steps:
  2. Leave the leak area on foot immediately.
  3. Do not touch, breathe or make contact with leaking liquids or gases.
  4. Do not light a match, start an engine, use a telephone or light switch, or do anything that may create a spark.
  5. Do not attempt to operate any valves on a pipeline – this could make the situation worse.
  6. From a safe location, call 911, your local emergency response number or the pipeline company.
  7. The Golden Pass Pipeline 24-hour emergency telephone number is (877) 477-5564.
  8. Warn others to stay away from the leak.