The primary component of natural gas is the hydrocarbon, methane, (CH4). Natural gas is a versatile, non-toxic fuel that is normally transported to the end user through a system of pipelines. The gas is normally contained within the pipeline, however if the pipeline is damaged, the product can be released into the atmosphere.
Natural gas is colorless and odorless in its natural state; however, we inject an odorant into most of the district's lines to make the gas readily detectable. Methane gas is lighter than air and will diffuse rapidly, but will burn readily when mixed with the proper amount of air.
The distinctive odor of natural gas is a safety feature to alert you and your family to even the smallest amount that might escape. Because natural gas has no odor, a harmless chemical is added to create the distinctive odor of rotten eggs. If you think you smell a natural gas leak, call 615-452-2881, 625-451-5922 (after hours) immediately.