Pungent smell could sweep across Geelong due to Viva works, but refinery denies Monday stink was them
By Sourced Externally
March 16, 2021
The Environment Protection Authority will probe the cause of a foul stench reported across the Geelong region on Monday and Tuesday.
It’s understood concerned residents contacted the EPA and Barwon Water to report the odour.
“EPA officers are investigating several community reports of a fertiliser-like odour affecting the Geelong area,” the authority said on social media. Viva Energy earlier denied the stench was connected to a suite of maintenance works at the North Shore refinery despite warning of the potential for odours.
A spokesman said maintenance could lead to the release of the harmless but pungent-smelling agent mercaptan, which was set to be at its worst on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mercaptan is added to LPG to give it its distinctive gas smell.
“People in the broader Geelong area should be aware that in the event they smell gas during this period, it could be an unintended release of mercaptan and not an LPG leak,” the spokesman said.
Barwon Water’s general manager of infrastructure and technology Shaun Cumming said the smell was not linked to the water provider.
“We have checked our wastewater transfer and treatment processes and can confirm that everything is operating normally, so we do not believe the smell is associated with Barwon Water’s operations,” he said.
To report odour or other pollution call the EPA’s 24 hour hotline on 1300 EPA VIC.