No light shed on ori­gins of gas odour in town

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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”.

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