Dept of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Centre for Environmental and Information Technology (EIT)
200 University Ave. W
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
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Today, a gas geyser bubbling up at a golf course just southwest of Grand Bend and Lambton Shores has put two municipalities into a state of panic.
The gassy smell in the air was telling of the natural gas in the waters, but officials say there are no pipelines within two kilometres of the golf course.
Professor Maurice Dusseault from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences spoke to CTV Kitchener about the appearance of this rare natural phenomenon.
All natural gas companies put a little bit of a chemical substance called mercaptans in actual gas so that you can smell it, that’s an important safety factor, ” says Professor Dusseault. “But this is an extremely unusual event. ”
If the gas isn’t coming from a pipeline, investigators will have to look for other sources. Professor Dusseault suggests that the source could be a decades old well, which would then need to be sealed up.