To learn more about how natural gas gets to your home and workplace, roll your mouse over the icons below.
Producing Wells –Natural gas is accessed by drilling wells into rock formations located deep inside the earth. Pipes are used to bring the gas to the surface.
Compressor Stations – Compressor stations help keep natural
gas moving through the pipeline system.
Processing Plant –Before natural gas can be distributed, impurities
such as butane, propane and ethane must be removed.
Transmission Lines – Think of these pipelines as “interstate highways” for natural gas. They move enormous amounts of gas thousands of miles, from processing plants to local natural gas utilities.
Utility Company – This is where a harmless chemical is added, which gives natural gas its telltale odor and helps customers detect leaks should one occur.
SMELL. To help you smell a leak from a gas line or appliance,
a familiar odor like rotten eggs is often added to natural gas.
Pipeline Marker – Natural gas companies use brightly colored, highly visible markers to indicate a pipeline’s approximate location. For emergency purposes, most markers also list the name and phone number of the natural gas company.
Distribution Mains – These pipelines function like “city streets,” bringing natural gas directly to your home or business.
Nationwide, 63 million homes rely on natural gas for their energy needs. Click on the house to learn more about natural gas in your home.
About 13 percent of the natural gas consumed in the United States is used by businesses and public facilities such as office buildings, manufacturers, schools, restaurants, supermarkets and hospitals.
Call Before You Dig – It’s the law: You must call the Indiana811 Contact Center
at 811 or 800-382-5544 at least two working days before digging on your property.
SEE. Blowing dirt, bubbling water or an unusual area of dead vegetation
might be signs of a gas leak.
HEAR. A leaking pipeline might also make a hissing sound you can hear.