EAST AURORA, NY - The Erie County Sheriff Department started receiving reports just before noon Friday of an odor of natural gas from Elma, Orchard Park and Hamburg.
National Fuel says that workers Friday morning were adding an odorant to the gas line at the Porterville compressor station on Hemstreet Road in East Aurora which may be responsible the smell.
According to respondents on the WGRZ-2 On Your Side Facebook page, a strong odor of natural gas could be smelled as far away as Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park and the Walmart store in Hamburg.
National Fuel issued this statement:
"National Fuel is advising residents in East Aurora, Orchard Park, Hamburg, and Elma that work completed earlier today at an National Fuel service station in East Aurora released an odorant, similar to the smell of rotten eggs, and there is not a natural gas emergency. After extensive investigation, it was determined that there are no gas leaks but the prominent smell does remains in the area and due to prevailing winds, the smell has carried for miles from the original location.
"For customer protection, National Fuel adds an odorant to give natural gas a distinctive smell so leaks can be more readily detected. Residents can be assured that there is not a natural gas situation in their neighborhood.
"For area residents concerned about a legitimate gas leak, please contact National Fuel's emergency hotline at 1-800-444-3130.
"National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation is a regulated utility and is one of the subsidiaries in the National Fuel Gas Company system. The utility provides natural gas service to approximately 725,000 customers in western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania."