Helpful information for excavation contractors on how to recognize a gas or petroleum leak including what you might see, hear, or smell.
What you might see if there is a gas or petroleum leak
|You might see||Natural Gas||Natural Gas Liquids||Petroleum Gas||Crude Oil||Refined Products|
|Brown patches in vegetation on or near a right-of-way||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Apparent or non-apparent damage to pipes that have been broken, pulled, dislodged, or gouged||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Oily sheen on water surfaces||✓||✓||✓|
|Liquid on the ground||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Continuous bubbling in a wet area||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|A white vapor stream or mist-like cloud over the pipeline||✓||✓||✓|
|Dirt being blown or appearing to be thrown into the air||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Fire coming from the ground or burning above the ground||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Unexpected frost or ice on the ground||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|An unusual area of melted snow in winter||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Dry spots in moist earth||✓|
What you might smell if there is a gas or petroleum leak
|You might smell||Natural Gas||Natural Gas Liquids||Petroleum Gas||Crude Oil||Refined Products|
|An odor like gasoline||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Sulfur or rotten egg odor *||✓ *||✓||✓|
What you might hear if there is a gas or petroleum leak
|You might hear||Natural Gas||Natural Gas Liquids||Petroleum Gas||Crude Oil||Refined Products|
|A roaring, blowing, or hissing||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
This information is made possible via the MISS Dig 811 Excavation Handbook For Gas & Liquid Pipeline.
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