No light shed on origins of gas odour in town
The source of a strong smell of gas noticed in central Karratha and surrounding suburbs a little over a week ago remains a mystery after local emergency services searched for its origin in vain.
Karratha police officer-incharge Senior Sergeant Andy Stevens said the station had received “a lot of calls” from residents about a strong smell of gas on the nights of Friday, November 4, and Saturday, November 5, and alerted the Department of Fire and Emergency Services to detect its source.
But DFES and volunteers from the Karratha Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service were unable to find any sign of a gas leak after checking a number of locations, going as far out of town as the Outback Travel Centre in Gap Ridge.
DFES Pilbara region Superintendent Peter McCarthy said though there was “definitely some sort of smell”, the case remained “a bit of a mystery”, especially as no one had reported hearing anything to indicate a gas leak.
“When there’s a gas leak of a size that someone can smell it, usually someone can hear it too,” he said. “And we didn’t have any reports of people actually hearing gas being released.”
Supt McCarthy said Woodside had reported they were not aware of any leak at their facilities. Sen. Sgt Stevens said officers were also unsure of the odour’s origin, but their information so far led them to believe it was “more a matter of discomfort than risk”.