Wind shift sends Nederland gas leak odor into Beaumont

NEDERLAND — A shift in wind direction from the southeast is sending the odor from the Nederland gas leak north into Beaumont.

The odor from low levels of hydrogen sulfide is noticeable in many parts of Beaumont.

Nederland Tank Wash has set up a hotline for people to call if they have questions about the gas leak, according to a release from City Manager Chris Duque.

That hotline is (888) 442-4206.

Emergency response crews are still on scene monitoring a leaking transport trailer at Nederland Tank Wash off Beauxart Garden Road. The section of the road in that area remains closed. The leak began Saturday morning. Some citizens have complained about what they call a delay in getting the word out about the leak.

The product is a mineral oil blend, known as Lubrizol 1389 that is used as a lubricant additive. The product is producing low levels of hydrogen sulfide gas. According to the news release, emergency crews are controlling the vapor with the use of environmental scrubbing cannisters and air monitoring is ongoing around the clock. This morning, the operation progressed to the next phase. It’s possible that during this phase, the odor may be more noticeable for short periods.

The intensity and location of the odor will vary throughout the day as wind speeds and direction change. Febreze, non-match light charcoal and vinegar are recommended approaches to reducing the odor in homes, vehicles, or businesses, according to the news release.

Duque says it’s not known how long the process will take to stop the leak. The process may last for several days.

Written by KFDM/FOX 4

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