Read Part 1 about reporting a dangerous street condition here.
I just walked to my around-the-corner coffee shop again. On the way, I passed a spot where I usually get a whiff of natural gas, which leads me to think, “maybe I should call the gas company to report that?”
Only today, I did. About 2-3 hours ago. And when I walked to the coffee shop just now, three Centerpoint Energy workers, a utility truck, and a jackhammer were at work, investigating the problem.
I want to keep this post short and sweet, but I can’t help but tell a story on my former roommate J. During the first winter we lived together, we started noticing a natural gas odor outside our front door. We didn’t think much of it, since it was faint, but one day a neighbor approached her and said, “You really should call about that natural gas odor.”
So we did. And they came and checked.
J met the PG&E technician who came with a natural gas detector. He explained what he found to her, “It detects a few ppms here, and when you get close to the ground, the ppms go up.”
J: “Well, how many ppms are normal?”
PG&E guy: “Zero.”
PG&E fixed the leaky natural gas pipe to our house quickly–I trust that Centerpoint Energy will do the same in my neighborhood. Moral of the story: If you smell natural gas somewhere abnormal, you should report it to your local utility. ZERO ppms are normal, right J?
Update: as I head home from the coffee shop around 6:30 PM, I see the workmen still out there, working to find the leak.