Safety is a top priority at Intermountain Gas. Our goal each day is to provide safe and reliable service. Our commitment to safety extends to our customers, our employees and to the communities we serve.
Following are important safety tips for natural gas customers:
Natural gas is a fossil fuel that is composed almost entirely of methane. It was formed deep in the Earth from plants and animals that were buried by mud and sand. Through millions of years, the mud and sand hardened into rock. Pressure from the rock squeezed the organic matter into fossil fuels like natural gas, coal, and oil.
Production companies explore, drill, and bring raw gas to the surface. It is then cleaned, and useful byproducts such as light oils and propane are recovered. Transmission companies compress natural gas so that it can be transported through buried underground interstate pipelines to city gates. Compressor stations along the way keep the gas flowing at about 15 miles per hour.
Distribution companies like Intermountain Gas buy natural gas from the transmission companies and deliver it to customers through a series of underground pipes. Natural gas is odorless and colorless, so an odor that smells like rotten eggs is injected to make leaks easier to detect.
Natural gas mains carry gas from the city gate station into the community. Service lines are smaller pipes that carry natural gas from the main to the meter at the customer's building. Pressure regulators keep gas under slight pressure for maximum safety and efficiency. A gas meter measures the volume of gas that is used by the customer.
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