Gas leaks are a dangerous event. Gas is explosive and toxic. Natural Gas, although odorless in its raw form, is given a dose of t-butyl mercaptan – a skunky eggy smell – in order to warn us of unseen hazards. It’s facts like this that are important to understanding a dangerous tool like natural gas. So let’s take a further look at the facts and history behind natural gas.
It’s Completely Natural
Natural gas – as is implied – is naturally occurring, and it’s accepted as the cleanest fossil fuel. Natural gas is formed over ages of changes beneath the surface of the Earth. Old plant material would sink into the Earth over years and years, until under heat and pressure, a flammable gas was released from the plant compounds. This natural gas can be harnessed, and transported in any air-tight vehicle, be that pipeline or tank.
In fact, the earliest memories of natural gas harnessing belong to the annals of Chinese history. As far back as 500 BC, natural gas was discovered seeping through the ground was harnessed via bamboo pipes, and used to extract salt from salt water.
Nowadays, natural gas is obtained via a litany of high-tech methods and tools. Fracking, the most recent innovation, involves drilling a hole, utilizing high water pressure, and releasing and catching the natural gas set in the ground. Natural gas then undergoes several processes in order to refine the raw material into a series of pure gases and products.
Down the Line
Then, gas is pumped through pipelines to its destination, or transported with vehicles. And that destination might just be your home!
So, remember to learn how to detect a gas leak. And remember, we repipe Anaheim and surrounding areas!