Western Gas is conducting a voluntary safety recall to inspect certain propane which may not have contained a sufficient level of odorant and was distributed from two of our facilities in Wyoming to locations in Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. Because odorant serves an important safety function, we are taking this issue of under-odorized propane very seriously and are cooperating with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to conduct this voluntary recall. Odorant is added to propane (which is odorless) to help alert users to a gas leak from a propane tank, fitting or appliance. Failure to detect leaking gas can present fire, explosion and thermal burn hazards.
Western Gas has notified its potentially affected customers, which are typically wholesale distributors that re-sell the propane to other distributors or retailers and consumers. We are working with our customers and their customers to help ensure that their propane contains a sufficient level of odorant. Local suppliers are inspecting the propane delivered to customer tanks to determine whether the tanks contain a sufficient level of odorant and are adding odorant to tanks if necessary.