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Possible Problems with Gas Line Along Route 50

by ARLnow.com — May 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm 1,315 1 Comment

Washington Gas is investigating possible problems with a 16-inch gas transmission line that runs along Route 50 and Fairfax Drive in the Radnor – Fort Myer Heights area near Courthouse.

Authorities have received multiple calls from people in the area who have smelled mercaptan, the odor additive in natural gas, according to Arlington County police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. Washington Gas has apparently traced the smell back to the gas transmission line, but it’s unclear what exactly is wrong with it. Road construction is taking place in the area, but Sternbeck said the gas company is investigating whether the weight of the vehicles passing by on westbound Route 50 is what’s actually causing problems.

Earlier road closures in the area have been lifted, Sternbeck said. Crews from VDOT and Washington Gas are still on the scene, trying to determine the extent of the problem.

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  • JimPB

    Gas leaks are prevalent across the country. Often the leaks are very small but sufficient to harm or kill plants and trees. Then there are larger leaks that can and sometimes do result in explosions. See: http://www.naturalgaswatch.org/
    The natural gas distribution system is another part of our infrastructure that requires a major investment.

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