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MLGW to perform maintenance involving natural gas
August 27, 2018

Public may smell a sulfuric odor on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

MLGW will be performing routine maintenance on a gas main just north of Southern and just east of East Parkway.  This planned work will require some natural gas to be vented to the atmosphere to purge the line.  This routine work will occur between 9 a. m. and noon on Tuesday, August 28 and Wednesday, August 29.

This controlled, temporary release of natural gas is not a result of any type of system failure and does not pose a threat to those in close proximity of the work location.

The public in the surrounding areas may smell the mercaptan in the air.  This is the chemical odorant that MLGW adds to natural gas to give it the rotten egg/sulfur smell so it can be easily detected.  

Depending on the wind/weather conditions, residents and businesses in various areas could smell this strong, sulfuric odor on both dates given above.

MLGW is the largest three-service public power utility in the nation, serving more than 431,000 customers in Memphis and Shelby County.

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