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NY Weirdness Alert Level HIGH

Anyone hears anything more about this gas smell pls update here. Right now NY1 has about the same as everyone else.

Xposted all over


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Jan. 8th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
someone in my office was just talking about that.
Jan. 8th, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
Turn on CNN. Gas Leak at 4th & Bleeker.
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Jan. 8th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
That's what CNN said. Dunno. I feel a little nauseous myself.

Some buildings are being evacuated.
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Jan. 8th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's on Bleecker at all. The area most affected seems to be midtown, not the village.

Jan. 8th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
it defintiely seems more qidespread than that. my main question is if this is happening in one of the mains under/by the water, and that is why the smell is super-permiated.
Jan. 8th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
According to MSN.com it's very bad in midtown. People are leaving 30 Rock, and someone posted to newyorkers about it being near Penn Station as well.

Jan. 8th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
yeah, it is all over
and some building managers are evaccing because people are getting ill
Jan. 8th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
Re: yeah, it is all over
I've heard they're evacuating Macy's.

Are you okay up where you are? Obviously there is nothing going on up here.
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Jan. 8th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
All I have been able to find is more of the same.
CNN claiming the source was a main breaking in Chelsea. When I worked for Con Edison, something that we were told during a walk thru of the Ravenswood Plant, and another few buildings was that the smell of gas is actually enhanced by an artificial additive they put into it. It's mixed in at an insanely high ratio, so that you smell it long before there is any danger of the BaDaBoom. Problem is, the smell is so nasty, it can make people sick. Which, the foreman pointed out, is still better than blowing up or suffocating.
Jan. 8th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
my first thought was that maybe they blew a valve at a mixing station or something, and what we were smelling was just the additive. it seems very odd though, that this would happen in such a dense concentration over so long.
Jan. 8th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
I don't know what wind conditions are over Manhattan, but the additive being blown over to Jersey makes sense. For it to continue stinkin' up the heezy though, there would have to be a whole lot of leaking going on, unless the wind had dies down. I am showing less than 5 MPH right now to the NW. It had been calm prior. So...I dunno. I doubt this is the Next Big Thing. I'd be more concerned about the birds in Texas in that respect.
Jan. 8th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
that is what i am sayin
for this amount of smell saturation over such a braod geographical area - it seems really ffin wierd.

the city/state has already proven they can't track heavy scents (maple syrup) and the fed has proven they don't care. i wonder, what, if any, connection is between these incidents?
Jan. 8th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
Re: that is what i am sayin
No. No tinfoil for you.

At least, not yet anyway.
Jan. 8th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
Re: that is what i am sayin
Bloomie is saying that no testers are discovering ANY raised natural gas levels. So frankly, I stand with the test or analysis proposal.
Jan. 8th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
Re: that is what i am sayin
Additive leak?

Natural gas by itself doesn't smell like anything. Maybe it's just the additive?
Jan. 8th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
Re: that is what i am sayin
Yep. But I hold with B that mercaptan is not exactly sitting around everywhere. And I don't really see it leaking in the quantities that would spread so far. It makes me curious, is all. Occam and his razor agree that it is simply someone kicking a barrel of it over. But the paranoia in me thinks otherwise.
Jan. 8th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
Well, to be dour...
I just missed Maple Syrup when I moved back, and as for this case and with that one as well, the darker thing to look at is that it is a means of testing blow radius and drifting for chemical/radiological attack. Winter as opposed to Summer conditions, how far the drift would go, what is general public reaction, can a something be downgraded to a nothing with proper degrees of spin and so on. I would not put it past the Federal Gov. to blow a mile high plume of nosejizz in the air to get stats on where a radiological burst would blow, or a large cloud of bacteriological, chemical or nerve agent. I mean, why not? Computer simulations can't provide that kind of hard data.
Jan. 8th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Bloomie.
I like Bloomberg: we don't know what it is, but it isn't dangerous.

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