Atmos Energy crews and contractors will oversee a controlled natural gas flaring beginning April 29 through May 3 from approximately 7 a..m.-7 p.m. at the Greenville Municipal Power Plant, 4201 Power Lane in Greenville. It is expected to last approximately five days while the company works on a section of natural gas pipeline in the area as part of normal, routine maintenance operations.
Further work on the pipeline will be needed, and an additional flaring will be conducted May 9, 2019.
“Flaring” is a standard industry practice to safely burn natural gas that must be removed from a specific section of pipeline so employees can work on the pipe. People in the area will notice a large, controlled flame and moderate noise during this process. Atmos Energy employees will be on site to monitor the process as natural gas is vented into the atmosphere.
The Greenville Fire Department, Sheriff’s Department, 911 operators and city and county officials are being advised of the flaring prior to the work beginning April 22.
For an informational video explaining why Atmos Energy performs flaring operations click, here.