W.Va. gas leak may cause odors throughout region

Baltimore officials say there are no known health risks

February 09, 2011|By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency and Baltimore officials are monitoring a chemical leak that may result in a noticeable gas-like odor across the Baltimore region sometime Wednesday afternoon, officials announced Wednesday afternoon.

The leak of the chemical methyl mercaptan, a common additive to natural gas, occurred in West Virginia and the odor has already reached Frederick, Prince George's and Montgomery counties, city officials said.

Despite the odor, there are no known health risks, city officials said.

nicole.fuller@baltsun.com

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