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 or a dense white cloud or fog
  • Hissing or roaring sound
  • Strong petroleum scent or other pungent odor such as sulfur (rotten eggs)

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 cell phone or turn on/off any electrical appliances
  • Once you are a safe distance away from the potential leak use a telephone or cell phone to call 911 and Tallgrass
  • Do not drive into an area where you suspect a leak, and do not touch or operate pipeline valves