Over the past decade, the natural gas and petroleum industries have seen an increase in interest from both investors and land owners alike. This interest is partly due to the increased number of pipelines and gas wells located within the region. Pipeline markers, like those shown here, are commonplace as you travel through the countryside of our counties. Subterranean pipelines are an invisible hazard and exposed pipelines may not be well marked. Within Texas, there are over 90,000 miles of these pipelines in place, so it is likely that there may be one near you. You can locate pipelines in your county by using the web-based tool provided by the Texas Railroad Commission at http://gis2.rrc.state.tx.us/public/startit.htm.
Pipeline and Gas Well Safety Tips
- In most cases, there is little or no warning with incidents involving pipelines or gas wells. Being prepared means knowing what pipelines and wells are in your area and noticing if something is drastically different about them.
- Be familiar with escape routes from your neighborhood. Incidents involving gas wells or pipelines may require an immediate evacuation.
- Do not use electrical equipment or heat sources (particularly matches or lighters) if you suspect there is a leak.
- Do not drive into vapor clouds.
- Notify 911 immediately if you suspect a gas leak, broken pipeline, or other issue.