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(UPI)   NYC intentionally adds odor to natural gas to mask intentionally added odor in natural gas   (upi.com) divider line 31
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2013-06-18 12:08:52 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-06-18 12:13:48 PM
My brain just did a barrel-roll. Now I'm dizzy.
 
2013-06-18 12:29:21 PM
"Weird, it smells like cinnamon out here.  Like Christmas wreaths.  I feel dizzy..."

*t h u d*
 
2013-06-18 12:31:01 PM
I'm just going to phone it in:
*expunge fart joke here*
 
2013-06-18 12:32:13 PM
And then the gorillas freeze to death in the winter.
 
2013-06-18 12:33:58 PM
Then try to decipher the new smell over the standard odor of rotting garbage and urine.
 
2013-06-18 12:35:50 PM
Miller said there will be no health risks from the sweet-smelling gas releases during the work.  "This will be performed in an open environment and there are no health risks," Miller said.

Redundant redundancy aside, here will be no health risks except if someone really does have a gas leak and can't detect it.
 
2013-06-18 12:35:59 PM
ooooo someone has cinnamon candles let me light my vanilla ones to add to it

/universal smell of eggs not good enough...wait for the booms
 
2013-06-18 12:36:58 PM
How festive!
 
2013-06-18 12:37:49 PM
This actually makes perfect sense, which is odd for New York.
 
2013-06-18 12:39:37 PM
Mercaptan is pretty nasty stuff. I do a lot of compressed natural gas related work and while the concentrations in the gas itself aren't that bad and disperse quickly, it can become concentrated in oil and water over time and that stench never seems to go away.

I worked out once that the human nose's sensitivity to mercaptan is equivalent to emptying a 12-ounce drink into an Olympic sized swimming pool and still being able to taste it.
=Smidge=
 
2013-06-18 12:44:28 PM
I did some chemical reactions once using t-butyl mercaptan which is the odorant in natural gas. It stinks so hard you can get whifs of it through the unopened bottle. The chemical safety guy told me in no uncertain terms that if there was a single false report of a gas leak that he would murder me and have my body disposed of as medical waste. Luckily bleach is kryptonite to that stuff.
 
2013-06-18 12:50:03 PM
No stinky-chemical thread would be complete without Things I Won't Work With. Come for the thioacetone, stay for the selenophenol.
 
2013-06-18 12:51:49 PM
Yeah, it's fine until someone has a gas leak unrelated to the work they have going on.
 
2013-06-18 12:54:11 PM
Next they will mandate breaking the idiot lights in your car with a hammer.
 
2013-06-18 12:58:28 PM
Having done synthesis of organic sulfur-containing compounds, I have to say I sympathize with the workers who have to smell that day in and day out.  You can always tell when someone's making RAFT agents (for making polymers), sulfur does not mess around.

That said, I'm pretty impressed they found something that counters the perception of mercaptan.  That usually cuts through anything.
 
2013-06-18 01:03:48 PM
"Due to scheduled repairs of a natural gas pipeline at W134 St/Hudson River, residents may smell a spice odor in the area," the office posted to its Facebook and Twitter pages Thursday.

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Get me on the next train to Harlem!
 
2013-06-18 01:24:44 PM
It would seem safer and about as effective to post signs in the area and then for the reduced number of 911 calls ask if the odor is stronger indoors or outdoors. Or does that make too much sense?
 
2013-06-18 01:41:41 PM

Babwa Wawa: [i.imgur.com image 475x267]


My name is a killing word.
 
2013-06-18 02:37:09 PM

video man: Yeah, it's fine until someone has a gas leak unrelated to the work they have going on.


Except it sounds like they're only adding it to thle pipe section they're working on.
 
2013-06-18 02:42:20 PM

cefm: Get me on the next train to Harlem!


He can go by way of Heighliner Park.
 
2013-06-18 02:47:50 PM
is it the aroma of one of mickey's signature butt blabs?
 
2013-06-18 02:58:20 PM

DoughyInTheMiddle: "Weird, it smells like cinnamon out here.  Like Christmas wreaths.  I feel dizzy..."

*t h u d*


While I admire what you were going for, and did get a chuckle, I have to tell you that Natural Gas is non-toxic and will not put you out. That would be Carbon Monoxide, the product of incomplete combustion of Natural gas (and other combustibles).
 
2013-06-18 03:19:44 PM

limboslam: DoughyInTheMiddle: "Weird, it smells like cinnamon out here.  Like Christmas wreaths.  I feel dizzy... Let's light some candles!"

*t h u d*   *f w o o s h*

While I admire what you were going for, and did get a chuckle, I have to tell you that Natural Gas is non-toxic and will not put you out. That would be Carbon Monoxide, the product of incomplete combustion of Natural gas (and other combustibles).


Fixed.  Thanks for the science lesson.  :)
 
2013-06-18 03:39:33 PM
Yum!
Almonds!


Thump.
 
2013-06-18 03:54:49 PM
Why not just let people in the area smoke while they are doing the work.  As soon as the gas gets to a combustible concentration it is burned off.

/price of canaries is through the roof
 
2013-06-18 04:15:55 PM
as an emergency responder, this is actually kind of a good idea when known pipe work is being done.  however, i do see a fault in the fact that people may have a genuine leak int heir house or building, and think someone was cooking something.  and that's when shiat could go bad...
 
2013-06-18 04:25:59 PM
New London Texas does not approve.
 
2013-06-18 05:50:38 PM
"There's no danger. It's a masking agent used to cover the scent of mercaptan," OEM spokesman Christopher Miller said.

One would think the OEM would know WHY there's a scent of mercaptan in natural gas, and WHY it's not a good idea to mask it...
 
2013-06-18 08:35:16 PM

Mouser: "There's no danger. It's a masking agent used to cover the scent of mercaptan," OEM spokesman Christopher Miller said.

One would think the OEM would know WHY there's a scent of mercaptan in natural gas, and WHY it's not a good idea to mask it...


Because they ran the numbers and figured out it'd be cheaper to rebuild the one building that catches fire (especially when they can blame it on crackheads/absentee landlords, for R or D inspectors, respectively) than to deal with the nusiance calls.

It's a page out of Ford's handbook
 
2013-06-19 11:19:57 AM
AndreMA   - "It would seem safer and about as effective to post signs in the area and then for the reduced number of 911 calls ask if the odor is stronger indoors or outdoors. Or does that make too much sense?"

I note you are presuming an ability to READ the signage. Have you seen graduation rates for NYC? Won't even address the issue of gradutes being unable to read their degrees.....
 
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