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Working For You: Knowing what to do about pipeline leaks

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They are the hills that Charles Kinder has called home for more than 20 years.

Drawdy Mountain in rural Boone County has been the place he has come to escape the world for all of it.

"It has some of the best views anywhere," said Kinder. "On a clear day, you can se clear into Kentucky."

But there has been something on the mountain that has Kinder worried: A natural gas pipeline that runs along the rocky roadway, leaking natural gas.

"It's been like this," said Kinder. "I've called. They patch it. It leaks. I call they, patch it again."

The gas line is an eight inch line that brings natural gas up from the well and transfers it to larger transmission lines. It is managed by EQT.

13News went to the natural gas pipeline and saw the leak. Afterwards, the EQT emergency service number was contacted.

A specialist was sent out and described the leak as "pinhole" sized. The company is working on fixing it, according to Natalie Cox, a spokeswoman for the natural gas company.

This pipeline is only eight inches in diameter, less than half the size of the pipeline in Sissonville that turned a neighborhood into an inferno. It carries gas at 25 to 27 pounds per square inch (psi), whereas the Columbia gas pipeline was capable of carrying gas at 1,000 psi.

Still, the comparisons are unavoidable for Kinder.

"I hope this line doesn't hurt someone. Someone could light a match up here and be blown up," said Kinder.

Safety is a key priority for EQT, said Cox. She urges anyone who smells natural gas to contact their local gas companies to come investigate.