WACO, TX — Atmos Energy crews and contractors will oversee a controlled flaring of natural gas in Waco this week.
The controlled flaring will be on Tuesday, Sept. 1, through Friday, Sept. 4, from approximately 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the intersection of Gateway Drive and Texas Central Parkway.
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 maintenance operations.
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 fire extinguishers and protective equipment, standing at a safe distance to monitor the operation.
The City of Waco Fire Department, Police Department, 911 operators and local officials have been advised of the flaring.
For more information about flaring operations and footage that illustrates what to expect, a short video is available here.