Leaks on Atmos Energy’s distribution system typically occur as the result of accidental damage caused by excavators or contractors during construction or street work. In fact, in 2021 more than 60% of all hazardous leaks in Texas were caused by excavation damage. That’s why we continually educate the public and excavators on the importance of calling 811 before digging.
Leaks can also occur on customer-owned piping, yard lines and equipment. Your gas piping should be inspected periodically for leaks. A licensed plumber or qualified contractor can locate, inspect and repair buried piping on your property. If corrosion or a dangerous condition is discovered, the piping should be repaired as soon as possible. If the leak is on the customer side of the meter, we will turn off the gas until the necessary repairs can be made. Learn more about home safety here.
Atmos Energy performs leak surveys as part of our normal operations. We use advanced technology to inspect our pipelines and identify any leaks. If a hazardous leak is found, we take immediate actions to eliminate the hazard. If a non-hazardous leak is found, it is monitored and scheduled for repair.
We rely on the public to call us if a leak is suspected. You can smell, listen, and look for natural gas leaks. We will always send a technician free of charge to investigate.
Leaks identified on the Atmos Energy transmission and distribution systems are investigated and graded in accordance with our repair procedures, which meet or exceed the requirements of the state or federal regulation.
Below is a map displaying repaired natural gas leaks in Texas from July - December 2021 as reported on the Semi-Annual PS-95 Leak Report for Mid-Tex and West Texas divisions to the Texas Railroad Commission. We follow the Texas Administrative Code, Title 16, Chapter 8 when classifying leaks.
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