Crucial to the safe operation of our system is the public's awareness of the existence of our pipeline, and what can be done to safeguard everyone. Iroquois' Public Awareness Program provides residents and businesses, local public officials, and emergency responders with important pipeline safety information.
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Supplemental information is also provided in our Iroquois Report, Safety Issue.
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The Iroquois system operates 414 miles of pipeline that delivers clean natural gas to commercial and industrial users, as well as to local distribution companies for residential use. Natural gas is the most popular home heating fuel in America, and pipelines are among the safest and most secure methods of transporting energy.
The benefits provided by our pipeline -- including market access, increased competition and greater energy diversity, and improved air quality -- are possible because our pipeline transports natural gas reliably and safely. Advanced technology and comprehensive monitoring and maintenance programs ensure the integrity of the pipeline, and enable us to provide the reliable service that helps keep our customers competitive.
Since our transmission pipeline is buried underground, 4-foot tall white line markers with blue writing and trim identify its approximate location. These markers, which are mostly located at road crossings, display our name as well as our Emergency Contact Number. Markers only indicate the general location of a pipeline and cannot be relied upon to indicate the exact position.
In the United States, natural gas transmission pipelines have the best safety record of any type of long-distance transportation system in the country. Natural gas is clean, convenient and efficient, which makes it today's energy of choice.
Like all forms of energy, natural gas must be handled properly. Despite an excellent safety record, a gas leak caused by damage to a pipeline may pose a hazard and has the potential to ignite. Iroquois works diligently to ensure the safety of our pipeline through a variety of measures, including:
Knowledge and awareness are essential for natural gas safety. A gas leak is usually recognized by smell, sight or sound:
Natural gas is colorless and odorless. Typically a distinct and recognizable odorant (known as mercaptan) is added for quick detection and recognition.
A dust cloud, mist, fog, bubbles in standing water, or vegetation that appears to be dead or dying for no apparent reason.
An unusual noise like roaring, hissing, or whistling.
For additional information on transmission pipelines and pipeline operators in your area, as well as other details important to natural gas safety, contact the National Pipeline Mapping System. The mapping system is called the Pipeline Integrity Management Mapping System. Federal, state and local government officials and pipeline operators are provided detailed access. For access you must request a username and password from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.