UPDATE: 3 p.m.
According to Kay Coomes, public affairs manager for Atmos Energy, the natural gas smell across town is believed to have been caused by a gas line flush in Indiana. Owensboro Times contacted Vectren, but could not reach them for comment.
UPDATE 2:34 p.m.
According to a Facebook post by the Owensboro Fire Department, “the natural gas-like odor moving through the city has not been identified as a gas leak in the city. It is likely from work across the river. The wind is pushing it through at a pretty good pace.”
UPDATE 2:20 p.m.
Kay Coomes, public affairs manager for Atmos Energy, confirmed that they have received 63 leak calls in the Highway 60 and 54 corridor areas. According to Coomes, Atmos is responding to every one of the calls, but have not found anything at this time. Coomes said Atmos workers in the field investigating the leak calls believe the smell is beginning to dissipate.
Owensboro Times has received reports across town of readers saying they can smell gas in their area. Coomes said that if the wind is moving fast enough, a gas leak on the east side could be smelled across town.
Coomes said there have been no service interruptions and no confirmed leaks, but public safety is top priority. If a citizen smells gas in their home or at their meter, they are encouraged to call 1-866-322-8667.
Owensboro Times has received reports of a possible natural gas leak on the east side of Daviess County. The Daviess County Fire Department was in route when Owensboro Times reached them and could only confirm that they did receive a report of a possible gas leak.
A representative of Atmos Energy did confirm they were aware of calls regarding potential gas leaks, however could not provide further information at this time.
Owensboro Times will follow this story as it develops.