Recognizing a Pipeline Leak

  • Look for a dense fog, mist or white cloud, discolored vegetation, bubbling in water or blowing dust.
  • Natural gas is naturally odorless. However, a distinctive smell is added, similar to rotten eggs, so that you can smell a potential leak.
  • You may hear a hissing, whistling or roaring noise.

Your local gas company regularly conducts walking and vehicle leak surveys of its facilities. If you suspect a leak:

  • DO NOT touch, breathe or make contact with the leak.
  • DO NOT light a match, start an engine, turn light switches on or off, use a cell or home phone or do anything to create a spark.
  • DO NOT attempt to extinguish any fire.
  • DO NOT attempt to operate valves.
  • DO leave the home, building and area of the suspected leak, and get to a safe area. Call 911 to notify police and fire officials and warn others to stay out of the area.