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Strong Gas Smell
updated: Mar 10, 2014, 8:42 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

There has been a strong smell of gas in the west side of Buellton since last night Sunday. Friend called The Gas Company which didn't seem concerned. Could it be the construction site on the south side of HW246? Don't know if there might be a chance of something igniting from that.

About 20 Buellton residents called the fire department Sunday night into Monday morning complaining of a gas smell. (03/12/14)
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 COMMENT 501475 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 08:49 AM

I called as well and they took down my info and said they'd had multiple reports and were investigating.

Kind of alarming to me. How strong would it need to be before they told us to evacuate the area? It was strong enough to wake my wife up and make her feel nauseous (she's got a sensitive sniffer).


 COMMENT 501479 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 08:59 AM

Scary! Hope they figure it out soon. Whenever I smell gas I'm always reminded of that horrible story in Northern Ca were the houses exploded.


 COMMENT 501493P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 09:42 AM

OP here. My housemate believes it is natural methane gas coming from the nearby excavation work off of both sides of HW 246. He was telling me that during the last rains the bottom of Sycamore Drive at Riverview Park became flooded and that the city may be working on the drainage.


 COMMENT 501495 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 09:49 AM

Are there many cows/cattle in the area of the "aroma?" Might explain a methane odor.


 MOUNTAINMAN4865 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 10:19 AM

I heard on the scanner yesterday evening, after a "strong odor of gas" call, that PG&E? were 'blowing the lines' and to expect many calls from the Buellton area. You'd think they'd let folk know.....


 COMMENT 501501 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 10:20 AM

Methane is odorless.


 COMMENT 501506 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 10:37 AM



 COMMENT 501519 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 11:05 AM


Not when it comes out of a cow

And methane is not the same odor as natural gas used for residential use


 COMMENT 501524 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 11:15 AM

I live right off 246 and Valley Dairy. Very strong smell since last evening. Not a natural gas odor, but definitely a strong "burnt oil" smell. I certainly hope it's not similar to the Northern California situation.


 COMMENT 501527 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 11:35 AM

They said the same thing in San Bruno a while back.


 COMMENT 501529 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 11:41 AM

They are purging gas in the American Pipeline project just above the Sycamore Ranch housing development off 246. The city was not notified of the gas purging according to a friend who spoke to the city. The county was aware. No residents were notified. Friends who live there are up in arms and many have headaches and upsets stomachs.
Apparently as of 10:30am there is still 2hours left of purging per Mark the Buellton city manager. 8056860137
Call American pipeline for more info: Jaun Martinez 661-978-4913 This is all info from a friend who contacted authorities and lives there...


 COMMENT 501534 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 11:52 AM

I'm glad I am not the only one who noticed! The county has a habit (bad and irresponsible) about this type of notification, Last September during a red flag alert, the fire department approved a "agricultural burn" whose smoke could be seen billowing from Riverview Park neighborhood. So, while they are talking out of one side of their face(oh, red flag warning, be very, very careful) the other side of their face approves an agricultural burn!! I guess they wouldn't want to have to defend tax paying property owners in case their approved burn got out of hand...


 COMMENT 501536 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 11:55 AM

529 thanks for that. No they didn't notify us of anything (I posted #475 above). Like I said my wife was woken up by it and felt nauseous. Hopefully it's not strong enough to affect our pets.

How dumb that they wouldn't tell anyone! I thought about whether I should call 911 if there was any explosion danger.


 COMMENT 501546 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 12:18 PM

Methane is always odorless, no matter the source. If you smell a cow (or last night's dinner), that is the hydrogen sulfide gas.


 COMMENT 501589P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 02:03 PM

OP: According to Buellton City representative, immediate residents in the Sycamore Drive and Dogwood were notified about noise issues but not about gas releases. Supposedly the smell from the purging is nitrogen gas and oil. Really poor communication from American Pipeline. Suggestion was to bring it up at the city council meeting (this Thurs night at 6pm).


 COMMENT 501595 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 02:18 PM



 COMMENT 501605 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 02:30 PM

I know they did not notify people on upper Valley Dairy and in our area (closer to 246/Industrial) and we definitely had strong odor. They most definitely should've spread the news wider. I very nearly called 911.

It definitely wasn't nitrogen (which is odorless) and smelled for sure like natural gas - just like if you left the stove burner on but not lit.


 COMMENT 501607 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 02:35 PM

My friend up there spoke with the American Pipeline supervisor and he said it will be going on all week, not just tip 12:30 today (which has passed). People have burning throats, eyes, headaches, and stomach aches! No bueno!


 COMMENT 501619 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 03:01 PM

There was a terrible odor in Lompoc city last week, Wednesday I believe. It was like sulphur. Would this have been the same process happening over here?


 COMMENT 501630 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 03:37 PM

607 no bueno is right!

How does this get approved if it makes local sick?


 COMMENT 502233 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-12 03:11 PM

Hey, guess what? We got our warning notice from American Petroleum about the scope of the work today!! 1st time we have received anything regarding the project...I'm betting they didn't ever send it ooops!!!


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