Safe and Responsible
We want to provide you with information regarding The Ohio State University’s natural gas pipeline facilities, located underground and above ground within the campus area, providing natural gas to Ohio State’s community.
To ensure our natural gas pipeline facilities are safe and reliable, The Ohio State University Facilities Operations and Development's Utilities group follows a regular operations and maintenance program. Educating students, faculty, and staff about our natural gas pipelines is a standard part of this program.
While Ohio State’s regular operations and maintenance program should address issues with the pipeline facilities before they become a problem, it’s important for you to be aware of hazards you could potentially encounter so you are able to identify them and properly report them.
TELLTALE SIGNS OF A POTENTIAL GAS LEAK
- A distinctive rotten egg smell.
- A shrill blowing or hissing sound.
- Dirt being blown or thrown into the air.
- Bubbles coming from or water being blown into the air at a puddle, pond, creek, or river.
- Fire apparently coming from the ground or burning above the ground.
- Patches of brown vegetation in grassy areas.
- Dry dirt spots in grassy areas.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT A GAS LEAK
If you suspect a gas leak on campus or sense an emergency with our natural gas pipeline facilities, please do the following:
- Immediately evacuate the area.
- Call Service2Facilities at 614-292-HELP so the leak can be verified and corrective measures can be taken. This phone number is staffed 24-7, so don't wait to call.
- During this time, avoid open flames or other ignition sources, including operating light switches, garage door openers, or motor vehicles.
A Few Things You Can Do
Leaking is a potential hazard caused by deterioration of the facilities over time or outside forces. Ohio State’s natural gas facilities are well maintained, so it is most likely that leaking would be caused by outside forces, such as digging into an underground pipeline and damaging it. This type of damage can be prevented by contacting The Ohio State University Utility Marking group at 614-292-HELP before you do any digging (i.e., digging for any type of construction or even planting flowers, installing signage or posts, etc.) within The Ohio State University campus. Our Utility Marking group will mark the location of the underground pipeline facilities with paint or flags and/or show you the location of the underground pipeline facilities in the area you will be digging.
A "Funny" Smell
If a leak occurs, it is important for you to be able to recognize it. Gas occurring naturally from the earth cannot be seen or smelled. But natural gas from pipelines on the Ohio State Columbus campus has been treated with an odorant, smelling like rotten eggs, so you should be able to smell it.