Despite the industry's best efforts and government oversight, leaks from pipelines do sometimes happen. Pipeline operators have multiple ways to detect leaks, from computer based leak detection systems to regular patrols of the pipeline right-of-way, and detect most pipeline ruptures themselves. Pipeline control rooms monitor safety indicators like changes in pressure, flow and volume along the pipeline, using sophisticated systems with many inputs. Control room personnel are trained to shut down a pipeline at the first sign of a leak and contact emergency responders. The best ways for you to detect a spill in your neighborhood is to use your senses of sight, smell and sound. You may have a leak if:
You see dead discolored vegetation that is otherwise green along a pipeline right-of-way, or see pools of liquid not usually present along the pipeline 'right-of-way', or see cloud of vapor or mist not usually present along the pipeline right-of-way.
You smell an unusual odor or scent of petroleum along a pipeline right-of-way.
You hear an unusual hissing or roaring sound along a pipeline right-of-way.
Example of Leaks: