Officials investigate gas smell, fluid seepage at Fox Chapel home

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State environmental officials are still investigating the cause of a strong natural gas odor and petroleum fluid that seeped from the front yard of a house in Fox Chapel.

Crews were called to the house in the 700 block of Bending Oak Lane about 5:30 Saturday afternoon to investigate reports of a gas smell and found the liquid oozing out of the home's front yard. One person at the home was moved out and will be kept from returning, said John Poister, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection.

A Sunoco Logistics pipeline that carried refined fuel products runs about a quarter mile from the site but was put out of service several months ago and was not involved, said Jeff Shields, a spokesman for the company.

Mr. Shields said the pipeline is also at a lower elevation than the house in question.

The company did respond to the area and removed six drums of affected soil, Mr. Shields said.

Mr. Poister said a crew from the DEP's oil and gas program will be back out to the area Monday to check for a possible abandoned gas or oil well.

Air quality in the area will be monitored and the collected soil will be tested, he added.

Mary Niederberger: or 412-263-1590. First Published December 1, 2013 2:08 PM

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