Recognizing a Pipeline Leak

While pipeline emergencies are rare, it is important to know how to recognize signs of a gas leak if one should occur.

How Do I Recognize a Pipeline Leak?

Look:

Visual clues that could indicate a pipeline emergency include:

  • Dirt being thrown in the air
  • Water bubbling or being blown into the air at a puddle, pond, creek or river
  • Fire coming from the ground or appearing to burn above the ground
  • Dead or dying vegetation on or near the roadway or easement in an otherwise green area
  • Dry spot in a moist otherwise green location

Listen:

Roaring, blowing or hissing may signal a pipeline emergency.

Smell:

Natural gas is odorless. For safety, a chemical agent is added to detect a leak. If you smell a rotten-egg smell, report a leak immediately.
If you detect a leak, notify SeaCoast immediately, by calling 1-866-517-7336.

What To Do If There is a Leak

  • Walk away from the area immediately and warn others to stay away.
  • Abandon any equipment being used in or near the area.
  • Avoid any open flame or other sources of ignition.
  • Call 911 or local law enforcement.
  • Notify SeaCoast immediately.

Never attempt to extinguish a natural gas fire, and never attempt to operate pipeline valves.

If you detect a leak, notify SeaCoast immediately, by calling 1-866-517-7336.