Page 20 - Damage Prevention Journal 2017 Issue 1
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So what exactly do all these pipelines transport?
There D a mere range <lfpmdu:I~trt1vullngthrough the lht.»II~'zlrld~ at mtlea at ptpL‘1Inc~, everytlnng tram gm tar
yuur ear tn oxygen [or lmwpltals. Many at the.e pnarlueta ean be highly tlammahle, harmtnl rt lnhalud, cause eye
or ~k|nlIntt1l|un or P(h~ib1yCItL\~C difficulty breathing. some of the matenal. nmla muss cn\'ln.»nmcntald:lmt1gc
lseeauae of those p()tunltt1ll1nzard~‘,IlHlmportnnllor our neighbors In be able to Intognlzu a ptpehne lcnk
Recognizing a pipeline leak
Using your sense of sight, smell and sound will help you in recognizing a suspected leak.
I A dense, white cloud orfog I An unusual smell orgaseous I An unusual noise coming from
overa pipeline odorwill sometimes acoompany the pipeline, such as a hissing
I Discolored vegetation a Pipeline leak. or roaring sound, maybe a sign
surroundingthe pipeline ofa leak.
I Bubbling in wateror creeks
oran oily sheen on water
I Frozen ground in warm ~
I Dirt blowing up from the
round Knlwr whats below.
g call before you dig.
What TO DO If You Suspect A Leak What NOT TO DO If You Suspect A Leak
- lmmerhately leave the area. ~ Do not touch, breathe or make euntaet with the leaking ha-
- ll pumtblc turn off any equipmzntbeing used in uld~ ur gas. stay upwtna if pussiblz.
nr near the auspettcd leak Ahanaun any Equipment - Do not light a match, start an engine, use a telephone, turn
bclng Imsd ana maye upwind tram the suspected on or off any type at eleen-teal ..-wrteh such a..- a llgltt, garage
lcnk. door opuuzr, etc. or do anything that may ereate .-tatte or a
- Fmm a ..-ate laeanun, call 911 ar your leeal emergeney ~park.
rcapnnse number aml the ptpehne eampany. call ml. - Do not attempt ta extinguish any ptpehne fim that may start
leet, ttneeaeal, anel give yaur name, phane number, - Do not drive into a leak at vapnr eleua area. Aummublln
description at the leak and its location engines may tgmte the vapnrs.
- wam others to ~tay away when pos~lblL\ - Dc not attempt ta operate valves.
Pipeline Operator's Actions during an Emergency
ln the unhleely event of an :lccldcntorlct1k, the ptpehne aperater who is notlficd will immediately dhpatch pcr~nlmcl to
the ~'ltL~ to help handle the cnicrgcnty and tn prru ldc lnlurmatlon to pubhe satiety utnnala to :l»I~t in thetr rc~pnn~u tn the
cnicrgcncy Plpcllnu {u:hnIClt1n~ wlll alm take quick aetmn ~uch n~ atarnng anrl .tappmg pump~ nr :0mpru~~'nr~,clu~II1g anrl
opening valves, anal almllzlr stops tn mtnmnae the tmpaet of the ntuatnm. The--c reapenalen are huzlvlly tratneal throughout
the year tn enmre then rlclghklorlmud ta returnea In lts wL‘lI-bung,

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