Our Commitment to Community and Safety
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and its employees have a long history of giving back to the communities where we and our families live, learn and work.
Our first priority as a company is to operate safely and responsibly. One of the many ways we do that is by maintaining high standards of pipeline integrity for the pipelines that we own and/or operate. We are committed to ensuring that you, your public officials, and the appropriate emergency response agencies have sufficient and accurate information so that they can recognize the need and respond appropriately.
Natural gas provides about 24 percent of all the energy used in the United States and gas utilities serve more than 60 million customers. Since Americans consume more than 700 million gallons of petroleum products per day, pipelines are an essential component of our nation's infrastructure.
Most pipelines transporting petroleum/energy products are made of steel, often covered with protective coating, and buried underground. Most fall under the jurisdiction of federal regulations and are subsequently tested and maintained using cleaning devices, diagnostic tools, and devices pursuant to these Department of Transportation regulations. Pipelines that transport petroleum products to more than one state are required by federal regulation to have an integrity management plan. You may contact Anadarko directly for more information about our pipelines.
Recognizing a Pipeline Leak
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation regularly inspects its rights-of-way using air, foot, and vehicle patrols. Our trained inspectors look for activities near our pipelines, such as construction and excavation and to ensure the security and integrity of our pipelines. We communicate regularly with emergency officials, with local police and fire departments and have detailed coordination plans in place in case of an emergency.
If you are not aware of pipelines on or near your property, check for pipeline markers posted on your property, along your property, and elsewhere in your neighborhood. You may also check your property record at your County Clerk's office.
Our hope is to continue to be a good neighbor and provide you with information to help you remain safe near pipelines in your area. These safety guidelines will provide you with important information if you suspect a problem.
What to look for
Warning Signs of a Pipeline Leak - any one of these events may be an indicator of a leak:
- A pool of liquid on the ground near a pipeline
- A dense white cloud or fog over a pipeline
- Discolored vegetation surrounding the pipeline
- An unusual dry spot in an otherwise moist field
- Bubbling in marshland, rivers or creeks
- An oily sheen appearing on water surfaces
- An unusual noise coming from the pipeline, such as a hissing or roaring sound
- An unusual smell or gaseous odor
- Frozen ground at the pipeline in warm weather
- Dirt blowing up from the ground
What to do if a Pipeline is Damaged or Disturbed?
All damage or suspected damage, even if it appears to be only minor, should be reported immediately to the pipeline company.
Many states have laws requiring damages to be reported to the facility owner and/or the One-Call Center by dialing 811. Do not attempt to make the repairs to the line yourself.
If a line is ruptured or leaking, get as far away as possible and call 911. Contact the pipeline company as quickly as possible. Pipeline marker signs show the pipeline company's name, emergency telephone number, and pipeline contents.
What To DO:
Your primary concern should be for your personal safety and the safety of those around you. If you see, smell or hear any of the warning signs of a pipeline leak, please immediately do the following:
1. Put out cigarettes or other lighted material (turn OFF any flame or ignition source
including running vehicles or engines).
2. Leave the area immediately on foot and warn others to stay away.
3. From a safe distance, call 911 or your local emergency number.
4. If there's a Pipeline Marker Sign nearby, from a SAFE DISTANCE call the Pipeline
Company at the number shown. Give your name, phone number, and a description of
the leak and its location.
What NOT To DO:
1. DO NOT touch or go near any liquid or gas cloud that you think may have come from a
2. DO NOT create sparks, light a match, start an engine or your vehicle, use a telephone
(including cell phones) or switch on/off an electric light near spill area.
3. DO NOT attempt to stop the leak by operating pipeline equipment.
4. DO NOT drive a vehicle into a leak area or vapor clouded area.
For your safety, markers show the approximate location of pipelines and identify the companies that operate them. Markers may be anywhere along the right-of-way or directly over the pipeline. The pipeline may not follow a straight course between markers.
While markers are helpful in locating pipelines, markers are limited in the information they provide. Markers provide no information, for example, on the depth or the number of pipelines in the right-of-way. Markers may commonly be found where a pipeline intersects a street, highway, or railway. These markers indicate the material transported in the pipeline, the name of the pipeline operator, and a telephone number where the pipeline operator can be reached in the event of an emergency.
You should be aware of any pipeline markers on your property or in your neighborhood and if possible, write down the name and phone numbers appearing on the pipeline markers in case of an emergency.
Pipeline markers are important for the safety of the general public. It is a federal crime for any person to willfully deface, damage, remove or destroy any pipeline sign or right-of-way marker
Call Before You Dig! 811
Before you dig or excavate, contact the One-Call Center by simply dialing 811 from anywhere in the United States. You may also need to contact companies that may not be a member of the One-Call Center such as local water districts.
Please call before you start any project, whether landscaping, building fences, or a major construction project. Pipeline companies and other utilities will mark the location of their lines at no cost to you. Pipeline and utility markers may not show the exact location of buried lines. Failure to call before excavation is the leading cause of damages to buried pipelines.
Pipeline Operator's Actions during an Emergency
Although accidents are rare, if one does occur, the pipeline operator will immediately dispatch personnel to the site to help handle the emergency and to provide information to public safety officials to aid in their response to the emergency. Pipeline technicians will also take the necessary operating actions such as starting and stopping pumps or compressors, closing and opening valves, and similar steps to minimize the impact of the situation.
Can Owners Build or Dig on a Right-Of-Way?
Pipeline rights-of-way must be kept free from structures and other obstructions to provide access to the pipeline for maintenance, as well as in the event of an emergency. If a pipeline crosses your property, please do not plant trees or large shrubs on the right-of-way. Do not dig, build, store, or place anything on or near the rights-of-way without first having the pipeline company's personnel mark the pipeline or stake the rights-of-way and explain Anadarko Petroleum Corporation's construction and easement requirements to you.
We Need Your Help
The Nation's infrastructures, including pipelines, are a matter of National Security. If you witness a suspicious activity on a pipeline right-of-way please report it to the appropriate authorities as soon as possible or you may call the pipeline operator's numbers found on the pipeline marker. Threat advisories may be found at the Department of Homeland Security's website http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic.
Visit http://www.pipeline101.com/, an industry website that provides additional educational information about pipelines.