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BC GAS DETERMINES CAUSE OF ODOUR IN LOWER MAINLAND

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - BC Gas has determined the cause of the "rotten egg" smell that blanketed the lower mainland early this morning.
    Spokesman Ted Schellenberg said "Our initial checks showed there were no leaks or breaks in the pipeline system.  However, an excessive amount of odourant was added to the natural gas at one of our odourizing stations in the lower mainland at 1:30 this morning.
    That smell found its way through the natural gas distribution system, all the way from Richmond to Surrey. It was our error, and we apologize to our customers." said Schellenberg.
    For safety reasons, anyone who detects the smell of odourant should immediately contact BC Gas.  It will take some time for the Mercaptan, as the odourant is called, to work its way through the system.
    For further information:  Ted Schellenberg (604) 443-6800
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