Safety is Our #1 Priority!

Transportation by pipeline is the safest form of energy delivery the country. In fact, natural gas pipelines transport approximately one-fourth of the energy consumed in the U.S. and is delivered to customers through a 2.5 million mile pipeline system. At Summit Natural Gas, safety is our #1 Priority and we take every possible step to ensure the safety and reliability of our natural gas systems.


We believe awareness is key to preventing pipeline incidents and in order to further help reduce incidents in your home and in your community.


Here is what you should keep in mind:

  • When planning to dig or excavate for any type of build (fences, digging for drainage ditches, home additions etc.), CALL 811 to ensure no pipelines or other underground utilities are hit during any digging or excavating activities.
  • Pipeline markers should always be respected. Markers are used to show the approximate location of natural gas pipelines running throughout a specific area. They also contain important information such as, the type of material running through the pipeline, name of the operating company, as well as company contact information.
  • Third party excavation is still the main cause for pipeline incidents. If you suspect any illegal digging, contact law enforcement authorities immediately.
  • If pipeline damage occurs or you suspect any pipeline damage, no matter how minor the damage may appear, please notify us immediately at 1-844-528-5520. We will need to evaluate any and all damage to make any necessary repairs and ensure your safety.
  • During a pipeline accident, pipeline operators follow specific procedures and rules to address the situation. They are solely responsible for closing and opening valves and shutting off gas service. Please cooperate with pipeline operators and if you have any questions, please contact us immediately.

IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE A NATURAL GAS EMERGENCY, CALL 1-844-528-5520 RIGHT AWAY!

USE YOUR SENSES TO RECOGNIZE A NATURAL GAS LEAK

A majority of gas pipeline leaks occur as a result of individuals digging on their own property. State law requires all excavators and private citizens to contact an 811 center prior to any excavation activities. Once 811 is called, Summit Natural Gas will mark all gas pipelines free of charge.

Although natural gas pipelines have an unparalleled safety record, occasionally leaks do occur.

How to Recognize a Natural Gas Leak

It’s important to know the signs and hazards of a natural gas leak.

Although natural gas pipelines have an unparalleled safety record, occasionally leaks do occur.

Here are some signs of a natural gas leak:

  • An odor like rotten eggs caused by the Mercaptin mixed with the natural gas
  • Roaring sound like an engine
  • White vapor that looks like smoke
  • A hissing or whistling noise
  • Fire coming out of a hole or on top of the ground
  • Dirt blowing from a hole in the ground
  • An area of frozen ground in the summer
  • Patches of dead vegetation or grass

Here are some hazards you need to be aware of:

  • Gas leaks are highly flammable and easily ignitable
  • Gas leaks displace oxygen and cause asphyxiation
  • Natural Gas fires may produce irritating and corrosive vapors
  • Vapors may cause dizziness

If you suspect a natural gas leak, call Summit immediately at 1-844-528-5520 from your neighbor’s house or another location away from the leak.

If you smell gas, act fast!

Natural gas does not have an odor, so an odorant called Mercaptan is added to signal a leak. Mercaptan gives off a foul smell, reminiscent of rotten eggs or sulfur.

If a natural gas leak is suspected, NEVER do anything that might cause a spark. This includes:

  • Lighting a match
  • Starting an engine
  • Using a cell phone or other electronic device in close proximity to a suspected leak
  • Extinguishing a fire or attempting to repair a leak
  • Drive anything into a vapor cloud as it might explode

Most leaks are small and not dangerous, but if a leak is suspected, always comply with the following procedure to be safe:

  • Leave the area uphill or up wind of the suspected leak
  • If possible, turn off any equipment that could cause a spark
  • From a safe place, call 911 or your local emergency responders
  • Call us at 1-844-528-5520 and be sure to tell us where you are so you can let us into your house or business when we arrive
  • Warn others of a potential leak and stay there until emergency responders arrive.

Under no circumstances should you ever attempt to repair, stop or fix a pipeline leak, or rupture. Trained pipeline technicians with specialized equipment and knowledge are the only individuals qualified to conduct repairs on natural gas pipelines.


BLOCKED SEWER? YOU MAY BE DEALING WITH A CROSS BORED SEWER LINE!


HOW DO CROSS BORES HAPPEN?

For many years, utilities nationwide have installed gas pipelines by boring underground, rather than digging trenches, to avoid tearing up paving and landscaping.

Existing underground pipes and wires are marked, when possible, before work begins. But sewer pipes often go unnoticed because they are regularly unmapped and are undetectable using above-ground locating devices.

Crossbores are a rare side effect that can happen when the machine used to install gas pipelines inadvertently bores through sewer lines.

IF YOU SUSPECT A CROSS BORE

  • Call or ask your sewer clearing professional to contact Summit Natural Gas at 1-844-528-5520 prior to clearing the blockage. We will promptly meet your professional to locate and mark our natural gas pipeline free of charge.
  • Never use a sewer clearing machine to clear an interior blockage until the obstruction has been identified.
  • Suspect a gas leak? Leave the area immediately and call CNG or 911. Do not use phones near the gas leak.
  • Before anyone clears an interior blockage, by chemical or mechanical means, call Summit Natural Gas at 1-844-528-5520 then press #9 for immediate assistance.