Recognizing & Responding To A Pipeline Leak

Although rare, pipeline leaks can be dangerous and require caution and immediate action to protect people, property and the environment.

Signs of a potential pipeline leak* include:

  • Dead vegetation, liquid on the ground near the pipeline, dirt being blown into the air, fire, dense white cloud or fog, or frozen ground near the pipeline
  • Hissing or roaring sound
  • Strong petroleum scent, mild fragrant odor (Ethanol), or other pungent odor such as sulfur (rotten eggs or garlic-like); Natural Gas may also be odorless

*Not all signs need to be present to indicate a leak.

If you suspect a leak or a leak occurs:

  • Leave the area immediately in an upwind direction and warn others to stay away
  • If near a school, evacuate students and staff from the area immediately as outlined in your emergency response plan
  • Do not light a match, start an engine, use a telephone or cell phone or turn on/off any electrical appliances, and avoid potential ignition sources which may cause an explosion or fire. 
  • Once you are a safe distance away from the potential leak use a telephone or cell phone to call 911 and Kinder Morgan
  • Do not drive into an area where you suspect a leak, and do not touch or operate pipeline valves
  • Avoid making contact with escaping liquids or vapors as potential hazards may include eye, skin and respiratory irritation and the product may be highly flammable.