Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division has reportedly received numerous calls from customers about a gas-like odor in their areas. The calls to MLGW’s
Emergency Line (528-4465) began early this morning.
MLGW officials said the odor is likely mercaptan, the additive that gives natural gas its smell. Given the pathway of the odor reports, MLGW suspects that a tanker, carrying mercaptan, may have been leaking as it passed through the area. Surrounding counties have also received reports of an odor.
Mercaptan is also known as methanethiol and is a harmless, pungent-smelling gas. It is added to natural gas, which is colorless and odorless, to make it easier to detect.
No gas leaks have been found at any of MLGW’s Gas Gate Stations or anywhere else in the MLGW system.
MLGW technicians will continue to respond to all calls. There is a large volume of calls and an estimated time of arrival is not available.
If a gas leak is suspected inside the home, customers should call 528-4465 to report it and are urged to vacate until MLGW can inspect the home.