Kinder Morgan Pipeline Safety
The City of Villa Park has one high pressure petroleum pipeline, running under Wanda Road. Kinder Morgan manages the pipeline and has provided the following public awareness information for residents of this city.
Underground pipelines are everywhere and are the backbone of our nation’s energy infrastructure. Because they are underground, we seldom notice them, think of their role in our community, or think of their potential hazards.
Pipeline leaks are rare. The National Transportation Safety Board says that pipelines are the safest mode of fuel transportation, both for the public and environment. But if a leak occurs, it can be dangerous and requires caution and immediate action. Remember to report unauthorized digging or suspicious activity.
The following three steps will help protect your family and the people, property and environment in your community:
1. Know Where Pipelines Are Located
Pipeline markers are located along the pipeline path and at road and railroad crossings. Markers identify the area, but not the exact location of the pipeline. They also specify the type of product transported, the operator’s name and emergency contact number. If multiple pipelines are located in a common right-of-way, each one will be identified by an individual marker.
The federal government provides maps of transmission pipelines in your community through the National Pipeline Mapping System at www.npms.phmsa.dot.gov.
To identify pipelines before digging, call 811.
2. Call 811 Before You Dig
Before you add a fence, plant a tree or dig for any reason, call 811, your local One-Call Center, at least two or three working days before starting your project to have underground utility lines marked. One-Call is a free service that protects you, your family and your property.
Careless digging is unsafe. It is estimated that there are thousands of incidents each year in which underground facilities are damaged during excavation, with many of these resulting in injuries and fatalities.
3. Watch, Listen & Smell for Signs of a Leak
Know the signs of a leak:
- Dead vegetation, liquid on the ground near the pipeline, dirt being blown into the air, fire or a dense white cloud or fog.
- Hissing or roaring sound
- Strong petroleum-like odor
If a leak occurs:
- Leave the area immediately in an upwind direction and warn others to stay away.
- Do not light a match, start an engine, use a telephone or cell phone or turn on/off any electrical appliances, and avoid potential ignition sources which may cause an explosion or fire.
- Once you are a safe distance away from the potential leak, call 911.
- Do not drive into an area where you suspect a leak or vapor cloud, and do not touch or operate pipeline valves.
- Avoid making contact with escaping liquids or vapors as potential hazards may include eye, skin and respiratory irritation and the product may be highly flammable.
One-Call Center OR Dig Alert 811
For additional information visit www.kindermorgan.com/public_awareness