Media Contact: Randy Hartford
SUGAR LAND, Texas (June 2, 2020) – Atmos Energy crews and contractors will oversee a controlled flaring of natural gas Monday through Friday beginning June 8 through June 17 from approximately 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. south of University Boulevard at the end of Elkins Road in Sugar Land. This process, which will result in a large, controlled flame and moderate noise, allows the company to work on a section of natural gas pipeline in the area as part of normal, routine inspection operations, and work will only be conducted during the weekdays.
Flaring is a standard industry practice used to safely remove natural gas from a limited section of pipeline, which is necessary to perform routine maintenance or other work. In order to reduce any impact on the environment, flaring equipment injects the right amount of oxygen to cause elimination of methane. Atmos Energy employees will be onsite with a high pressure water jet vehicle, fire extinguishers and protective equipment, standing at a safe distance to monitor the operation.
The Sugar Land Police and Fire Departments, 911 operators and local officials have also been advised of the flaring.
For more information about flaring operations and footage that illustrates what to expect, a short video is available at https://www.atmosenergy.com/safety/elements-natural-gas.
About Atmos Energy
Atmos Energy Corporation is the nation’s largest fully regulated, natural gas-only distributor of safe, clean, efficient and affordable energy. As part of our vision to be the safest provider of natural gas services, we are modernizing our business and our infrastructure while continuing to invest in safety, innovation, environmental sustainability and our communities. An S&P 500 company headquartered in Dallas, Atmos Energy serves more than 3 million distribution customers in over 1,400 communities across eight states and manages proprietary pipeline and storage assets, including one of the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline systems in Texas. Find us online at http://www.atmosenergy.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.