Monday, January 08, 2007

New York City Odors Are Getting Less Pleasant

New York was invaded by a noxious, natural-gas-like odor today:
City air-quality sensors around Manhattan did not detect high concentrations of natural gas, and officials were “very confident” it was not dangerous, [Mayor Michael Bloomberg] said.

“The smell is there, we don’t know the source of it; it does not appear to be dangerous,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “And some of the facilities that were evacuated or shut down are now being reopened or put back on line.”

Mr. Bloomberg also noted that natural gas itself had no odor, but mercaptan, a chemical that is added to it, did.
Link (NYTimes registration required, or use BugMeNot). Of course, Mayor Bloomberg is simplydoing his impression of Ross flirting:
Hey, uh, you know that smell gas has? They put that in. The gas is odorless, but they add the smell so you know when there's a leak. A lot of other gas smells. Methane smells.
But what remains unclear is why New York is now plagued by a terrible gas smell rather than the maple syrup of a year ago.

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