Public education plays a big role in the safety of pipelines and oil- and gas-related equipment, as damage from excavation-related activities is a leading cause of pipeline accidents. We need your help to prevent accidents and maintain the integrity of the pipeline system. We encourage everyone to know where the pipelines are located in their community and to always call 811 before digging. The more you know, the safer you are.

Call 811 Before you Dig

Anyone who will be digging or excavating using mechanized equipment — commercial contractors, road maintenance crews, telephone pole installers, fence builders, landscape companies or homeowners who may be digging a drainage ditch, installing a fence or building an addition — can make one telephone call to give notice of their plans to dig in a specific area.

The nationwide Call Before You Dig program acts as a clearinghouse to inform the owners and operators of underground pipelines when work is going to be performed aboveground, so that they can go out and mark their facilities, usually within 48 or 72 hours.

Always call 811 before you dig.

Recognize the Signs of a Pipeline Leak

  • An unusual fog or vapor mist along the pipeline right-of-way (ROW)
  • Dead or discolored vegetation that is usually green along the ROW
  • An unusual pool of liquid along the ROW
  • An unusual hissing or roaring noise coming from the ROW
  • A strange odor in the area similar to the smell of rotten eggs
  • An unusual chemical odor such as gas or oil along the ROW

Take Action

If you see, hear or smell any of the above signs:

  • Do not touch or make contact with leaking liquids or fumes.
  • Leave the area immediately. Travel into the wind and away from the hazardous fumes or liquid.
  • Do not light a match, start an engine, use a telephone (even a cell phone), switch on/off light switches or do anything that may create a spark.
  • Call 911 or your local emergency response number from a safe location. Give your name, phone number, description of the leak and its location.