Natural gas leak in my front yard – ar15.com gas numbers stove temperature

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I had a similar issue. My meter is on the other side of the blacktop in front of our house. Our gas bills were high, probably $60-$120. A neighbor across the road told my wife she saw bubbles near our meter when the ditch was wet. We called the gas company and reported it. Next few days go by and finally a gas co. dude comes out to check it. He confirms a gas leak between the meter and our house (yippee). Says they’ll be out ASAP to fix it. Three months goes by and nothing. My wife has called several times and gotten no where. So it’s Christmas Eve and I’m sitting in the office with time to burn and I figure I can waste an hour on the phone. I call the regional office because the local office says they can’t give me any info because the regional in TX makes the decisions, whatever. I tell the regional office why I’m calling and ask if they can give me a time frame. The idiot on the line asks if I’m reporting a gas leak and I say, "no, I’m asking a question, you already know about the leak". The idiot then proceeds to tell me he will have to send someone out to shut my gas off because I’m reporting a leak. We go round and round and I eventually get pissed. I tell him if I get home and one of his people is shutting off my gas go ahead and send the police because I’m kicking his ass. The idiot ejects from the call. Keep in mind it is Christmas Eve and snow is on the ground. I jump in the truck and head home. Gas dude is in the front yard probing around for leaks when I pull in. I keep a cool head and ask him what’s going on and he tells me what I already know. I tell him he’s not shutting off the gas and he just grins and says he didn’t intend to. A few weeks later the gas co. tears up the front yard and replaces the entire line from house to meter. My gas bill settles on $25. Kicker is my other neighbor is a manager for the gas co. and he didn’t see a problem with how long it took to fix or the money I spent on wasted gas. Also, the other neighbor who noticed the bubbles said it had been bubbling for at least a year. During that year I had them shut off the gas and test the line while I did some work to the house. Moral of the story, don’t expect a utility co. to give a shit about your pocket book or your safety. That is all.

I had a similar issue. My meter is on the other side of the blacktop in front of our house. Our gas bills were high, probably $60-$120. A neighbor across the road told my wife she saw bubbles near our meter when the ditch was wet. We called the gas company and reported it. Next few days go by and finally a gas co. dude comes out to check it. He confirms a gas leak between the meter and our house (yippee). Says they’ll be out ASAP to fix it. Three months goes by and nothing. My wife has called several times and gotten no where. So it’s Christmas Eve and I’m sitting in the office with time to burn and I figure I can waste an hour on the phone. I call the regional office because the local office says they can’t give me any info because the regional in TX makes the decisions, whatever. I tell the regional office why I’m calling and ask if they can give me a time frame. The idiot on the line asks if I’m reporting a gas leak and I say, "no, I’m asking a question, you already know about the leak". The idiot then proceeds to tell me he will have to send someone out to shut my gas off because I’m reporting a leak. We go round and round and I eventually get pissed. I tell him if I get home and one of his people is shutting off my gas go ahead and send the police because I’m kicking his ass. The idiot ejects from the call. Keep in mind it is Christmas Eve and snow is on the ground. I jump in the truck and head home. Gas dude is in the front yard probing around for leaks when I pull in. I keep a cool head and ask him what’s going on and he tells me what I already know. I tell him he’s not shutting off the gas and he just grins and says he didn’t intend to. A few weeks later the gas co. tears up the front yard and replaces the entire line from house to meter. My gas bill settles on $25. Kicker is my other neighbor is a manager for the gas co. and he didn’t see a problem with how long it took to fix or the money I spent on wasted gas. Also, the other neighbor who noticed the bubbles said it had been bubbling for at least a year. During that year I had them shut off the gas and test the line while I did some work to the house. Moral of the story, don’t expect a utility co. to give a shit about your pocket book or your safety. That is all.

I had a similar issue. My meter is on the other side of the blacktop in front of our house. Our gas bills were high, probably $60-$120. A neighbor across the road told my wife she saw bubbles near our meter when the ditch was wet. We called the gas company and reported it. Next few days go by and finally a gas co. dude comes out to check it. He confirms a gas leak between the meter and our house (yippee). Says they’ll be out ASAP to fix it. Three months goes by and nothing. My wife has called several times and gotten no where. So it’s Christmas Eve and I’m sitting in the office with time to burn and I figure I can waste an hour on the phone. I call the regional office because the local office says they can’t give me any info because the regional in TX makes the decisions, whatever. I tell the regional office why I’m calling and ask if they can give me a time frame. The idiot on the line asks if I’m reporting a gas leak and I say, "no, I’m asking a question, you already know about the leak". The idiot then proceeds to tell me he will have to send someone out to shut my gas off because I’m reporting a leak. We go round and round and I eventually get pissed. I tell him if I get home and one of his people is shutting off my gas go ahead and send the police because I’m kicking his ass. The idiot ejects from the call. Keep in mind it is Christmas Eve and snow is on the ground. I jump in the truck and head home. Gas dude is in the front yard probing around for leaks when I pull in. I keep a cool head and ask him what’s going on and he tells me what I already know. I tell him he’s not shutting off the gas and he just grins and says he didn’t intend to. A few weeks later the gas co. tears up the front yard and replaces the entire line from house to meter. My gas bill settles on $25. Kicker is my other neighbor is a manager for the gas co. and he didn’t see a problem with how long it took to fix or the money I spent on wasted gas. Also, the other neighbor who noticed the bubbles said it had been bubbling for at least a year. During that year I had them shut off the gas and test the line while I did some work to the house. Moral of the story, don’t expect a utility co. to give a shit about your pocket book or your safety. That is all.

In Michigan, any line past the meter is your responsibility. We respond to leak calls inside and out, but if it’s past the meter, the property owner owns it. We will determine the safety of the leak even past the meter and either shut the gas off at the meter, shut off inside if a leak is on an appliance or past a F/L shut off or tag the leak if small and safe to fix at a later date and leaving the gas on presents no hazard.