Don’t Take Chances — Call Before You Dig
If you are a homeowner, farmer, excavator or developer, your help is needed in preventing pipeline emergencies. Damage from excavation activities is a leading cause of gas line accidents. If you are considering any projects that require digging on your property, call 811 before you dig. Here’s what to do:
1. Call 811 a minimum of two business days before excavation is to begin.
Information specific to the state of Texas can be found at http://www.texas811.org/property-owner
Other state specific information can be found at http://www.call811.com/state-specific.aspx
2. Do not begin work until a technician has come to identify the location of any pipelines in your area. This will be at no cost to you.
3. Adhere to the pipeline markings
Trust Your Senses
It is important to always be aware. If you see, hear or smell anything described below, it may indicate a pipeline leak.
Liquid on the ground near a pipeline, discolored or dead vegetation near of gas line, a rainbow on any pools of water in the vicinity; a white cloud or fog over a gas line.
Any atypical sounds coming from the pipeline for example: hissing or a roaring sound.
Natural gas is treated to add the smell of rotten eggs to assist in identifying any leaks. If you smell these odors near a gas line, leave the area and call 911 or your gas provider’s emergency line.
What To Do If A Leak Occurs
• Leave the area immediately.
• Do not travel downwind.
• Do not touch, breathe or make contact with leaking liquids.
• Do not light a match, start an engine, use a telephone, switch on/off light switches or do anything that may create a spark. Do not drive into a leak or vapor cloud area.
• Call 911 or your local emergency response number from a safe location.
• Warn others to stay away.
For more information about pipelines, please contact:
U.S. Department of Transportation
National Pipeline Mapping System
JHP complies with all applicable laws and regulations and we strive for excellence in safety. Our commitment to employees and the community drive our high standards. JHP’s goal is to ensure the safety, security and health of our employees, industry partners and the community. JHP’s desire for safety excellence requires us to continuously improve our processes and to remain apprised of current industry safety laws, standards and trends.
All industrial processes including energy development involve risk. JHP considers risk at every stage and we continuously work to reduce risk and environmental impacts related to our business activities. Rigorous standards that consider the needs of the communities where we operate guide our efforts. For new drilling projects, our goal is to manage risks to the lowest practical level. This approach ensures that we first consider modifying the design or execution of the project plan to avoid any undesirable impacts to the environment or local community.
Our ability to effectively respond to oil and gas emergencies is critical in ensuring the safety of our employees, industry partners, contractors and the local community. It is of utmost importance to JHP that safety is the cornerstone of all company activities. Oil and gas drilling sites deal with a unique set of safety issues and prevention of any incidents is our focus. In the event of an emergency, highly trained response teams including well control specialists are the key in preventing escalation.