Know The Warning Signs

Pipeline accidents are rare, but they can occur. The natural gas in the Vector Pipeline system is flammable and potentially hazardous and explosive under certain conditions such as in a confined space. You should know what to do if you suspect pipeline operations have been disrupted.

Emergency Number

To reach emergency personnel for Vector Pipeline 24/7, call toll-free (888) 427-7777.

Recognizing a Leak 
Because of our thorough maintenance, testing, monitoring, training and safety programs, a pipeline leak is unlikely. However, you should know how to recognize a leak.

By sight:

  • Discolored vegetation.
  • Dirt being blown or appearing thrown in the air.
  • Water bubbling or being blown into the air.
  • A low-lying, gaseous cloud.

By sound:

  • An unusual hissing or roaring noise coming from the vicinity of the pipeline right-of-way or a connecting facility.

By smell:

  • An unusual petroleum or “rotten egg” odor. Note: Natural gas is essentially odorless. Mercaptan, an odorant that is sometimes added to natural gas in city distribution systems for safety reasons, produces a distinctive “skunk” smell. However, cross-country natural gas pipelines DO NOT have this added odorant.