Columbia Gas of Virginia Performing Work in Manassas Area; May Result in Rotten-Egg-Like Odor

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Karl Brack
(804) 768-6410

CHESTER, VA. – April 10, 2017 – Columbia Gas of Virginia is performing maintenance on its natural gas pipeline system in the Manassas area this week that could result in a brief period of “rotten egg smell” in the immediate vicinity.

 The work begins Tuesday, April 11, near the intersection of Nokesville Road and Godwin Drive and will proceed in the area near Central Park Drive.  The work will conclude in the vicinity of Dean Park by 5 p.m. Friday, April 15.

 As part of the work, Columbia will be purging natural gas from portions of its pipeline system.  The purging procedure will involve safe and controlled flaring of natural gas, which may result in a brief period of visible flame and odor in the immediate area of the work.  The odor will diminish quickly as work is concluded.

 Natural gas is lighter-than-air, odorless and colorless in a natural state and a chemical “Mercaptan” is added as a safety measure. Mercaptan most closely smells like “rotten eggs.”

 Columbia Gas of Virginia personnel will respond to any odor complaints. Columbia Gas of Virginia has notified the local fire and police officials of this maintenance procedure. Please contact the Columbia Gas of Virginia emergency response number at 800.544.5606 or call 911 with any odor complaints.

 About Columbia Gas of Virginia

Columbia Gas of Virginia delivers safe, reliable and clean natural gas to more than 264,000 customers in portions of Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, suburban Richmond, Central Virginia, Shenandoah Valley, Lynchburg region and Western Virginia. With headquarters in Chesterfield County, the company is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) serving 3.8 million natural gas and electric customers.  Always call 811 before you dig and Dig with CARE. Learn more at