New London Explosion
February 23, 2012 2:55 AM   Subscribe

The New London Explosion was the subject of a recent trade magazine I receive. The article was about odorless volatile fuel, the safe construction of system delivery, and the importance of odor injection.This is why natural gas stinks.
posted by Mblue (4 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Looks like this has been covered before. -- taz

1- Butanethiol is the chemical that provides the stink. It is nasty stuff. The human nose is so sensitive to this molecule, a friend that worked on a gas field told me that it is sufficient to coat the inside a few meters of pipe with it to infuse the entire system.
posted by three blind mice at 3:08 AM on February 23, 2012 [1 favorite]

Previously and previously.
posted by donajo at 5:02 AM on February 23, 2012

Damn... I thought there was some new UK music revolution afoot.
posted by a non e mouse at 5:04 AM on February 23, 2012

Virginia Gas accidentally spilled 400 gallons of mercaptan in 1996, near where I live.

They treated it like a disaster, and cleaned and scrubbed the area, but you can still smell it 16 years later.
posted by Benny Andajetz at 5:04 AM on February 23, 2012

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