LINCOLN, Neb. May 31, 2019 — Black Hills Energy continues the decommissioning process for old equipment formerly used to inject odorant at its town border station near 84th and Old Cheney.
Special contractors and equipment will be on site next week to continue the process to remove the odorant smell from old equipment and prepare it to be sent to a scrap metal recycler. Natural gas is naturally odor free, so equipment is used to add a chemical called mercaptan to make leaks easier to detect. The odor is pungent and commonly compared to rotten eggs.
“Several precautionary efforts are being taken to minimize neighboring homes and businesses smelling the odorant while the work is being completed,”
“Several precautionary efforts are being taken to minimize neighboring homes and businesses smelling the odorant while the work is being completed,” said Andy Storf, senior natural gas operations manager for Black Hills Energy in Lincoln. “As a reminder, we encourage anyone who thinks they smell natural gas to leave the area and then call us immediately. No one should ever hesitate to report a suspected gas leak,” said Storf.
The construction project and removal of the old equipment is being done as part of a comprehensive construction project to improve the long-term reliability and integrity of Lincoln’s natural gas system.
Anyone who suspects a natural gas leak should:
- Leave the building or area immediately and tell others to leave too. Alert neighbors.
- From a safe distance, call 911 and Black Hills Energy’s emergency number: 800-694-8989. Never assume someone else has reported a natural gas leak.
- On the way out, do not flip light switches, open windows, ignite a flame, use a cell phone or other electronics that could cause a spark of static electricity
- Never attempt to repair a natural gas leak and do not attempt to turn natural gas valves on or off.
- Wait for Black Hills Energy and other emergency responders to give the all-clear before acting further.