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Safety and Public Awareness / Overview

Date Requested: Jul 24 2024 12:28 AM

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What is natural gas?​

Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel. Natural gas is transported silently, safely and efficiently through an extensive network of interstate pipelines in the U.S., and Northern's pipeline is a part of that network.

Below are some safety facts about natural gas:

  • Natural gas is not a poison or toxic.
  • Natural gas is colorless and odorless in its natural state.
  • Natural gas will not ignite on its own. To burn, natural gas requires both a precise amount of oxygen and an ignition source.
  • Natural gas is lighter than air and will rise and diffuse rapidly.
Are pipelines safe?

Natural gas pipelines are the safest method of transporting energy, and these pipelines are part of the critical infrastructure of the U.S. energy grid. The pipelines lie underground, virtually unseen as they deliver large volumes of gas to their customers. Although Northern follows strict pipeline safety procedures, it is still important for everyone living and working near gas pipelines to know basic safety information. Northern monitors and patrols the pipelines regularly via aircraft, vehicles, and/or on foot. Please call local law enforcement if you see anything out of the ordinary in your area. Together, we can take precautions that will keep America's energy supply safe and reliable.

Is your group or agency interested in a presentation or additional information? Call our emergency number at (888) 367-6671 and ask to establish a public education liaison. Together we will determine the appropriate Northern field location nearest you and then provide a means to contact their local representative for more details.


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