The Town of Osgood, Indiana owns and operates a natural gas distribution system which reliably serves customers in Osgood and the surrounding area. 

The Town of Osgood is committed to running a safe, reliable pipeline system. The National Transportation Safety Board has established that pipelines are the safest form of energy transportation, and incidents are rare. However, as part of our comprehensive safety program, we work closely with the communities along our pipelines to educate our neighbors about pipelines and pipeline safety. Our means of communication include public awareness meetings, Call-Before-You-Dig programs, and clear and visible pipeline markers. 

We also have developed comprehensive emergency response plans for use in the event of a fire, rupture, major leak, or other serious incident occurring at or near one of our facilities. The plans are designed to prepare our employees and local emergency response personnel to handle emergency situations involving our facilities and protect the public. Cooperation from local organizations is a key component of these plans, and traditionally we have received excellent cooperation from these organizations. Our utility performs ongoing emergency drills to prepare our employees and community emergency responders for emergency situations. 

If you are a public official and would like more information, please contact the Town of Osgood at 812-689-3839 or 812-689-4240. 

How do I recognize and report a leak? 

All Osgood gas pipelines are odorized so you may be able to detect a leak by smell. However, the pipelines operate at high pressures so leaks can potentially be heard or you may be able to recognize dead vegetation directly over the leak. If you suspect a leak, pipeline damage or any other gas emergency, please call us at 812-689-3839 or 812-689-4240. 

What is my role in a pipeline emergency? 

  • Isolate the area and restrict entry to trained emergency response personnel and designated utility employees. 
  • By working with the local gas utility, establish isolation zones based upon measurements from combustible gas indicator instruments. Gas odor or lack of gas odor is not sufficient to establish safe zones. Avoid creating sparks. Potential ignition sources for natural gas include electrical motors, firearms, static electricity, non-explosion-proof flashlights or tools, and any open flame or spark. Do not light a match, start an engine, use a telephone, switch lights on or off, or do anything that may create a spark. Immediately make the operator aware of the situation. Check the posted right of way or station signs to find out who operates the pipeline and how to contact the operator. 
  • Let the escaping gas burn if it is on fire. Attempting to extinguish a natural gas fire may result in a secondary explosion. If necessary, provide cooling for nearby exposures that are threatened by the fire. Let the utility personnel operate the valves to cut off the fuel supply. Do not operate the valves yourself. Avoid forced ventilation of structures and excavations. Forced ventilation can actually increase the possibility of a flammable atmosphere. 

Street Superintendent: Steve Wilhoit 

Street Assistant: Tim Kreutzjans - Qualifications