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Three Common Myths about Natural Gas

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What is Natural Gas?

Natural Gas is a phenomenon that formed millions of years ago when organic matter was buried in the earth and ocean floor. It is a fossil fuel that is found beneath the earth’s surface, usually in areas around coal and oil. The raw form of natural gas that we use for energy is called methane.

 Natural gas is harmful to the environment.

Compared to crude oil and petroleum, natural gas is a hugely beneficial alternative and it is the cleanest-burning of all the fossil fuels. It burns cleaner than gasoline, with about half of the carbon dioxide emissions, improving air quality and cutting down on global climate change.

Natural gas is heavier than air.

In a case whereby natural gas escapes, it rises and dissipates harmlessly into the atmosphere making this myth false. Other gases, such as propane, are heavier than air.

Natural gas has a toxic smell.

This myth is false, as Natural gas has no odor. It has no odor, but gas companies add a distinctive odorant called mercaptan as a warning smell that can be easily detected if it is leaking. It consists mainly of methane, which is a highly flammable gas.

 

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