Environment, Health & Safety

Protecting the environment and the health and safety of our employees and our neighbors isn’t just a corporate responsibility; it’s also good business.

At Howard Energy we adhere to comprehensive environmental, health and safety standards. We work hard to reduce our environmental footprint and plan every project in a manner that is mindful of people and wildlife as well as the land, water and air. We operate responsibly and are committed to leaving a project site better than we found it. We believe that this sort of good stewardship isn’t just an expense or an effort to comply with governmental regulations, but rather an investment with a solid financial return.

Similarly, public safety and education are very important to us. We encourage everyone to be familiar with where pipelines are located in your community and to always call before you dig. It is also important to understand the signs and conditions of a possible pipeline leak, and the subsequent actions to take.

Signs of a possible pipeline leak:

  • An unusual pool of liquid along the pipeline right of way (ROW)
  • An unusual fog or vapor mist along the pipeline ROW
  • Dead or discolored vegetation that is usually green along the ROW
  • Unnatural frost or ice in the pipeline ROW or on well location equipment
  • An unusual hissing or roaring noise coming from the pipeline ROW
  • An unusual chemical odor such as gas or oil along the pipeline ROW
  • A strange odor in the area similar to the smell of rotten eggs

Trust your senses. If you see, hear or smell any of the above signs, take action right away.

  • Leave the area immediately. Travel into the wind and away from the hazardous fumes or liquid.
  • Do not touch, breathe or make contact with leaking liquids or fumes.
  • Do not light a match, start an engine, use a telephone (even a cell phone), switch on/off light switches or do anything that may create a spark.
  • Do not drive into a leak or vapor cloud area.
  • Call 911 or your local emergency response number from a safe location. Give your name, phone number, description of the leak and its location.
  • Warn others to stay away.

While not common, pipeline leaks do occur. Damage from excavation-related activities is a leading cause of pipeline accidents. We need your help to prevent these accidents and maintain the integrity of the pipeline system. So if you are considering a project like building a pool, installing a fence, widening a driveway or planting trees, always use the nationwide Call-Before-You-Dig service, by calling 811 before you dig. Let the 811 Center know where and when you plan to excavate and then do not begin work until a trained technician has come to mark the location of any pipelines in your area. This usually takes between 48 and 72 hours and is at no cost to you.

For more information about the Call-Before-You-Dig program, visit www.call811.com.