Skip to comments.Natural gas smell traced to discarded scratch-and-sniff cards
Posted on 05/09/2013 10:26:49 AM PDT by JoeProBono
GREAT FALLS, Mont.- The smell of a suspected natural gas leak in Great Falls, Mont., Wednesday was traced to discarded scratch-and-sniff cards, a gas company manager said.
The numerous reports of the distinctive aroma of natural gas were acted upon by the city's Public Service Commission, the Great Falls Tribune reported.
The cause, though, was boxes of scratch-and-sniff cards designed to educate customers what a gas leak smells like. The cards had been thrown out, then hauled away and compacted in garbage trucks, Nick Bohr, general manager of Energy West, said.
There's no problem with contamination," Bohr said. "In a sense, it worked the way it was supposed to."
Fire/Rescue Marshal Dirk Johnson confirmed there was no gas leak in downtown Great Falls, and corroborated Energy West's report of cards scented with mercaptan, the chemical added to natural gas to give it a smell of rotting eggs, being responsible for the aroma.
As the garbage truck drove around downtown it left behind the smell of natural gas," Johnson said.
Before the incident was resolved, several downtown buildings were evacuated, the newspaper said.
Mercaptan is added to odorless and colorless natural and propane gases to give it a distinct and detectable odor.
A close cousin, chemically, is produced one one consumes asparagus and results in that funky smell during urination.
I eat aparagus. Do you?
Really, I think he shoould be holding a stem of “white” asparagus...because it looks like???
Well, they worked.
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