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Natural gas is formed from decomposed organic plants and animal matter. In its pure state, this clean burning natural gas has no odour and is tasteless. To help make natural gas detectable, an additive called Methyl mercaptan [Mur-cap-tan] has been added. This additive smells like rotten eggs, and is used as a safety precaution to allow even the smallest leaks to be detected. We adhere to strict safety measurements making safety to our customers and community our number one priority.
While natural gas is one of the safest fuels, small gas leaks can still occur. Knowing how to detect a leak can help reduce the risks to both people and property. The following 3 ways are how to determine if you may have a natural gas leak:
In the event of a natural gas leak, EPCOR will respond immediately, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Crews will: