PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile Gas and EPA officials continue to investigate a mysterious smell in the Eight Mile community.
For months residents said they have been forced to deal with a mysterious foul odor.
"It's real bad, and it's been like that for a while," said one resident.
On Monday, hundreds of residents attended a meeting in Prichard to demand answers from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, the EPA, and Mobile Gas.
"Nothing is leaking from our gas lines," said Keeshia Davis who works for the company. "Nothing is leaking from our Mercaptan injection site."
Davis said the company started getting complaints about the smell in October of 2010. She said it started to check its natural gas lines.
After sampling water from a stream in that area, Mobile Gas found high levels of Mercaptan; the same chemical the company uses to add odor to natural gas.
While the company said it can't find a leaking line, Davis said they are looking into one that has leaked before.
"We want to make sure that whatever happened in 2008 is not connected to what is going on now," said Davis.
Davis said lighting struck a Mercaptan injection line in 2008, causing the chemical to spill out into the soil.
The site of the spill is some 1,000 feet from the smell, just off Shelton Beach Road.
Neither ADEM nor Mobile Gas were able to tell FOX10 how much of the chemical leaked out.
"What we decided to do was to dig up the contaminated soil," said Davis. "So, we contacted ADEM again where they advised us of where they could haul that contaminated soil to a landfill."
During cleanup, crews determined the chemical hadn't reached the groundwater.
Now, years later, it appears they may have been wrong.
"Once we determine that there is a connection to this, that's when our experts will come in and give us advice on the cleanup," said Davis.
Health officials said they are not exactly sure the health risks from long-term exposure to the chemical.
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