'Gassy' smell likely to be from chemical smell in France

A SMELL of rotten eggs similar to the odour of a gas leak drifting across southern England is from a chemical spill in France, the Health Protection Agency has said.

At least one person in the county has tweeted asking about a gas smell in North Oxford, followed by Oxfordshire County Council saying it is likely to be this aroma coming from across the Channel.

A Health Protection Agency spokesman said: "It is caused by a particularly smelly chemical that is added to odourless natural gas to give that its characteristic smell.

"The chemical leaked from a factory in Rouen, France yesterday and has blown across the Channel overnight.

"It is not toxic and has also been diluted before entering the air over England, so people should be reassured it will cause no harm. It is an unpleasant odour which may cause some people to feel slightly nauseous but it will dispel naturally."

 

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5:31pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

If we can smell it here, what must it be like for the locals over there.
If we can smell it here, what must it be like for the locals over there. Grunden Skip

8:35am Wed 23 Jan 13

John Lamb says...

Have you noticed that 99% of gas clouds/chemical leaks are always safe? Even when it later transpires that they weren't. If you ever speak to a worker in a chemical plant you'll also know that for every leak that reaches the media/authorities, there are dozens that go unreported.
Have you noticed that 99% of gas clouds/chemical leaks are always safe? Even when it later transpires that they weren't. If you ever speak to a worker in a chemical plant you'll also know that for every leak that reaches the media/authorities, there are dozens that go unreported. John Lamb

10:19am Wed 23 Jan 13

EricTheRed says...

Someone in france ****?
Someone in france ****? EricTheRed

4:22pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

John Lamb wrote:
Have you noticed that 99% of gas clouds/chemical leaks are always safe? Even when it later transpires that they weren't. If you ever speak to a worker in a chemical plant you'll also know that for every leak that reaches the media/authorities, there are dozens that go unreported.
Lighten up mate, this one is perfectly safe. And a lot safer than you not being able to smell the gas leaking from your LPG tank or cooker.
[quote][p][bold]John Lamb[/bold] wrote: Have you noticed that 99% of gas clouds/chemical leaks are always safe? Even when it later transpires that they weren't. If you ever speak to a worker in a chemical plant you'll also know that for every leak that reaches the media/authorities, there are dozens that go unreported.[/p][/quote]Lighten up mate, this one is perfectly safe. And a lot safer than you not being able to smell the gas leaking from your LPG tank or cooker. Grunden Skip

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