Oklahoma ground is home to a sea of pipelines

With more people outside in summer, it is important that they keep watch for pipeline leaks and know what to do if a leak occurs, a pipeline safety organization warned this week.
by Adam Wilmoth Published: July 12, 2013
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The Paradigm Alliance and its www.pipelinesafetyinfo.com this week released a pamphlet warning people what to do if they notice a pipeline leak.

The group warns that if there is a leak, anyone nearby should turn off any equipment that is operating and leave the area by foot immediately.

“Do not start motor vehicles or electrical equipment,” the group warns. “Do not ring doorbells to notify others of the leak. Knock with your hand to avoid potential sparks.”

Pipeline operators also warn that people unfamiliar with the pipelines should not attempt to operate any pipeline valves or to put out a petroleum product or natural gas fire.

“Wait for local firemen and other professionals trained to deal with such emergencies,” the group warned.

by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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