Pipeline Awareness

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Identifying Magellan’s Pipeline

Pipelines are marked by above-ground signs to indicate the approximate location, product carried and the name and contact information of the company that operates the pipeline. Pipelines are located in areas called a right-of-way (ROW) and these ROWs or areas are often recognizable as corridors that are clear of trees, buildings or other structures expect for the pipeline markers. Examples of pipelines markers include:

pipeline markers

Recognizing a Leak

Pipelines are generally underground and out of sight, but they’re not out of mind. Dispatchers watch operations around the clock with computers and satellites. Alarms and meters are designed to detect unusual changes in pressure or flow. By keeping a watchful eye, emergency systems can be activated quickly.

Although pipeline leaks are rare, knowing how to recognize and respond to a possible leak is a key component in pipeline safety. Trust your senses. You may recognize a pipeline leak by:

sight Sight: Liquid pools, discolored or abnormally dry soil, continuous bubbling in wet or flooded areas, an oily sheen on water surfaces, and vaporous fogs or blowing dirt around a pipeline area can all be indicative of a pipeline leak. Dead or discolored plants in an otherwise healthy area of vegetation or frozen ground in warm weather are other possible signs. In the case of an Anhydrous Ammonia leak you may experience a burning sensation to the eyes or see a low-lying, dense white cloud or fog originating near the pipeline location.
 smell Smell: An unusual smell, petroleum odor, or gaseous odor will sometimes accompany a pipeline leak. Anhydrous Ammonia is a gaseous product with a strong, pungent odor of ammonia, similar to household products, which may cause an irritation in the nasal cavity.
 sound Sound: Volume can range from a quiet hissing to a loud roar, depending on the size of the leak.


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