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Gas Odor Caused by Non-Toxic Chemical Used to Create Detectable Odor in Natural Gas

At approximately 9:10 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, SoCalGas crews responded to reports of area odors near the intersection of Pico Blvd and Overland Avenue in the Cheviot Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles.
The odors were not caused by a gas leak. The odors were caused by a spill of odorant that is added to natural gas as a safety precaution.
Natural gas is odorless, and as a safety precaution, a distinctive odor is added to it so most people can easily notice its presence.
SoCalGas crews discovered the odorant spill from a facility operated by SoCalGas at an independent oil and natural gas production facility in the West Los Angeles area.
SoCalGas operates equipment at the oil and gas facility that odorizes the natural gas produced there before it enters the natural gas pipeline system.
The spill has been cleaned up. Any residual odor is expected to dissipate gradually over the next several hours. The odorant does not present a health risk to the public.
SoCalGas has notified the appropriate regulatory agencies and is investigating the cause of the spill.

More information on natural gas safety may be found at:…/me…/methane-and-health-and-safety

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