Neighborhood smelling gas gets action after calling 7 ON YOUR SIDE

Neighborhood smelling gas gets action after calling 7 ON YOUR SIDE (Nathan Baca/ABC7)

SILVER SPRING, Md. (ABC7) – People living in the Capitol View neighborhood of Silver Spring complained about natural gas odors for months. They say despite Washington Gas repair efforts, the odor is not going away.

"Terrified. Especially now that I'm pregnant. I think about there being a fire or explosion. And not being able to get to my baby," said Michelle Gryzcowski.

Last August's gas explosion that killed 7 people at the Flower Branch apartments has Capitol View residents on edge.

"We think about an explosion. They've dug up the street so many times," said Capitol View resident Margaret Burke.

7 ON YOUR SIDE reached out to Montgomery County Council member Tom Hucker and got quick action.

“I learned about it this morning. I just called the Vice President of Washington Gas and he told me that we've gotten this expedited," said Hucker.

Residents say they won't be satisfied until a full pipe replacement is complete.

"I don't feel safe. It needs to be fixed. It needs to be to replaced. Not just little repairs that aren't working," added Gryzcowski.

Washington Gas released the following statement:

“During the month of June, Washington Gas received calls from residents who suspected the odor of natural gas in the Capitol View Park area. Safety is the number one priority for Washington Gas. We immediately responded to each call and worked to make sure that our customers and all other residents in the area were safe, investigated to identify the source, located the leak, and made appropriate repairs.
We also have expedited a work plan to conduct a targeted pipeline replacement project in this neighborhood and will begin to conduct work in the coming weeks.
Throughout the process, Washington Gas has been in touch with County Council, County Executive’s Office, the Capital View Park Citizens Association, and others, as well as affected residents. We will maintain an open channel of communication as the project progresses.
As always, we encourage those who smell natural gas to leave the area immediately and, from a safe location, call 911 and the Washington Gas Emergency Leak Line at 703-750-1400. In response to every call of a suspected gas odor, Washington Gas dispatches a qualified service technician to investigate the cause of the odor; if a gas leak is identified, Washington Gas crews will conduct such repairs as are necessary to make the area safe.”
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