Gas leak goes on for months in Brookland

Neighbors in Brookland say they've been smelling gas in the air for months- and several complaints went unheard.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Washington Gas said the leak was caused by a broken valve on the gas line at 10th and Monroe.

People walking by say they’ve been noticing the gas smell for months.

The site is a high traffic area, across the street from Brookland Metro Station and near Luke C Moore High School and Catholic University.

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Dave Brown lives a block away.

"If it’s nothing to be alarmed about- that’s cool,” he said, “but they need to figure it out”.  He said his wife made a complaint two weeks ago, and his neighbor made a complaint a month ago.

Washington Gar released the following statement on Monday: 

"Washington Gas did respond to a few reports and the leaks were deemed to be not hazardous.  Leak detection and repair procedures are guided and enforced by federal agencies and in accordance with industry standards. Federal requirements require that non hazardous leaks, such as this one, must be fixed within a year and monitored within six months. We typically complete these repairs in a much quicker timeframe."

Work crews dug up the broken valve, and said the leak would be fixed the same day.

Jennifer Charles is 21 weeks pregnant. She walks past the spot every day on her way to work.  She said she has been smelling gas for weeks, but didn’t report it.

“It’s not faint. It is gas, you know it’s there." she said. 

Officials with Washington Gas say smell doesn’t pose a risk by itself, but a build up of pressure can be dangerous.

Washington Gas officials said, fortunately, this gas leak was a relatively minor one.

They’re reminding people to take every leak they smell seriously, to leave the area right away and report it to their emergency line it to the Washington Gas Emergency Leak Line at 703-750-1400 or 1-800-752-7520.  They can also call 911.

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