Lima, OH – A gas leak in front of Scott Moore’s home and what he calls a slow response from Dominion East Ohio has an area family worried about its safety, even though officials say the leak poses no threat.
“The family does not feel safe here. My family’s safety is No. 1,” Moore said.
Dominion Spokeswoman Peggy Ehora said the leak is classified as a Type 2.
“Meaning it needs to be repaired, but it poses no danger to the community,” she said, adding that a Type 1 leak poses a threat. “If we felt that there was a danger there, we would fix it.”
Moore, who has lived in the South West Street house since last November, noticed the smell of gas last Sunday when returning from a walk with his wife and daughter. He noticed it again Tuesday and called Dominion.
The Dominion worker took a reading and told Moore there was about 30 percent natural gas coming from the ground. It was determined that the leak was not migrating toward the house. His gas was not turned off. Officials said he is not in danger, but Moore is still worried.
“One of their representatives on the phone told me, just keep an eye out for people walking by, lighting cigarettes or throwing cigarettes out the car,'” he said. “That’s not my responsibility. I’m not going to take time out of my day to baby-sit everybody who walks up and down here.”
Moore has called Dominion multiple times since, and has been told someone would be out. Ehora said Dominion planned to do the work Wednesday, but more serious emergency work pushed that back. She said someone has been to the house three times since Tuesday.
Dominion continues to monitor these types of leaks, Ehora said, but by law has 450 days to fix them. The plan is to fix it next week.
The leak, on the edge of the lawn near the sidewalk, is about 25 feet from Moore’s front door. He says the smell is strongest in the mornings and evenings. He is worried that someone or something could spark an explosion.
“I remember when the house on West High Street exploded, and now this year with the incident out at Tuttle (Construction),” he said. “I feel like the gas company just doesn’t really care.”
The company is very sensitive to people who are fearful when they smell gas, Ehora said.
“We make it smell for a reason, because we want people to call us when they smell it,” she said. “Then it’s our job to come out and determine what it is, what kind of leak it is.”