Gas Leak Causes Headaches on South Bend's West Side

By: Marcie Kobriger Email
By: Marcie Kobriger Email

There is a smelly situation that is cause for serious concern for some residents on South Bend’s west side.

A leak in a natural gas main has some residents worried, and the utility company scurrying to fix the problem.

A gas main directly beneath the road in Sample Street is seeping fuel, and some area residents say they have been smelling the fumes for weeks.

Meanwhile, Nipsco says it is working as fast as it can.

Rick Nobles says the big hole in his yard represents a big pain in the neck.

He says he has been smelling gas for months, and wants Nipsco to do something about it. “I guess there is a busted main out in the street, and I dont know why they're dragging their feet about closing this lane down on sample street, but they are.”

Mike Charbonneau, a representative for Nipsco says they are working as fast as they can to fix the problem, and making sure everyone is safe in the meantime. “About two weeks we got a call in for a gas leak, and when that type of thing happens we immediately respond to make sure that its safe in the residencies.”

Nipsco says they are testing the area often to make sure everyone is safe, but nobles says the noxious gas already created some obnoxious problems.

“ive been getting really bad headaches for over two or three months now, and havent been able to figure it out, and its pretty bad headaches over this,” Rick says. “The gas main is broke out here and its migrating and its killing the grass here on the side here.”

Nipsco says they will work to pinpoint the leak and fix it as soon as possible.

In the meantime, Rick says he has been waiting for weeks, and now its time to see some action. “I’m not very happy about it. I’d like to get this thing fixed as soon as possible. I’m experiencing health problems, and I don’t know what’s taking so long.”

The leak is coming from the main marked by a line on Sample Street.

Nipsco is trying to figure out exactly where along the line it is before they dig.

They are hoping to have the problem fixed sometime next week.

Gas leaks can pose a threat if there is build up in a house.

This particular leak is taking place underground, with open air so there is no chance for such buildup.

However, underground gas leaks can kill gass, and eventually trees.

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