N. M. natural gas system experiencing low odorant levels

Updated: 06/18/2014 4:09 PM | Created: 06/18/2014 3:38 PM

New Mexico Gas Company is alerting the public to be aware of low odorant levels in natural gas in its distribution system.

The list of towns which may be  experiencing low odorant levels include the towns of Alamogordo, Tularosa, Silver City, Bayard, Truth or Consequences, Hatch rural area, Hurley, Deming, Anthony, Sunland Park,  Belen, Thoreau, Laguna, Acoma, Grants and Gallup and surrounding areas.

Under normal conditions, a natural gas leak will smell like rotten eggs. With low odorant levels, natural gas may have no smell, and therefor until further notice, individuals in the affected area should not rely exclusively upon their sense of smell to detect the presence of natural gas. 

Under current conditions, it is especially important that the public be alert to other signs of a potential leak that include:

Hissing or blowing sounds
Standing water continuously bubbling
Dirt or water blowing in the air
Decay in vegetation

Individuals that are performing work on natural gas piping or that are installing natural gas appliances should not rely on smell to determine the presence of natural gas or leaks.

New Mexico Gas Company is working with its upstream supplier to correct the condition. For updates from New Mexico Gas Company, visit or call the company at 1-888-664-2726. If you suspect a gas leak, please call 1-888-664-2726.

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