NATURAL GAS SMELL Authorities Say Natural Gas Smell In Huntington Harmless
Reported by: Dave Benton
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 19, 2012 12:12 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 20, 2012 4:25 PM EST
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, Cabell County
, West Virginia
Residents in Huntington and the surrounding areas may have noticed a natural gas smell wafting in the air recently.
Cabell County dispatchers wanted to assure the public that the smell is harmless. The odor is being emitted by a cleaning agent used by Steel of West Virginia in Huntington to clean one of its ponds, dispatchers said.
Marshall University Biology Professor Frank Gilliam said, "A lot of my research is pollutants and I tell my students that pollutants don't know boundaries. Just because a company pollutes where they are doesn't mean it won't stay there it goes where the wind blows. If they're producing something that affect the town then they owe us an ongoing update with what's going on."
Eyewitness News contacted WV Steel, but nobody was available to comment on the chemical used to clean the holding pond.
Disptachers have received numerous calls about the smell since Saturday. Residents in Chesapeake, Ohio, have reported smelling the natural gas scent in the area.
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