Contact Us

Natural Gas Stench In Northwest Fort Collins Is ‘Nothing To Worry About’

bad smell
Brianfit, Flickr

Thankfully I don’t live on the Northwest side of Fort Collins or the Laporte area right now. According to The Coloradoan, Xcel Energy workers are installing 11-miles of new pipes and some residents are complaining about smelling a nasty “funk” from their basements.

Xcel workers are installing 11 miles of new pipes in northwest Fort Collins and the LaPorte area. But new steel pipes tend to absorb the special chemical Xcel adds to gas to make it smell bad. So workers have been putting in more of that chemical, methyl mercaptan, than normal. That means even a tiny bit of natural gas can smell like a serious leak.

So, if you are smelling that nasty stench from your basement, it’s probably nothing to worry about. But Xcel says they take a “better safe than sorry” approach to gas leaks and will come out and inspect every one who is worried there might be some sort of gas leak in their house.

I can imagine that has to be pretty scary to recognize that smell in your house. I think we’ve all been trained that smelling a gas leak translates to “get of your home, now!”

From Poudre Fire Authority:

PFA, Loveland Fire Rescue Authority and Windsor Severance Fire Rescue are experiencing large volume of ‘natural gas leak’ calls. The problem seems to stem from Xcel Energy injecting too much Mercaptan into their system. The affected area is south of Horsetooth Road and east of Shields St. We encourage customers to air out a building before calling 911. If the problem still exists please call 911.

Picture by Brianfit, Flickr.

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for @Work Network quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive @Work Network contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.