Several residents living in Lost Creek are searching for answers after discovering a strange phenomena happening in a creek behind their home.
A strong odor seems to be bubbling up from beneath the surface of the creek and the homeowners believe it could be natural gas.
Michele Hitt and her husband have lived on Duck Creek Rd. in Lost Creek for more than two decades.
But within the last several years, home-sweet-home has been anything but.
“You walk so far down and sometimes during the day we just walk out our front porch and come to the sidewalk right here, we can smell it, our neighbor lady can smell it,” Hitt said. “It hits you that strongly.”
Behind Michele’s house is a dry creek bed that fills up with water after a heavy rain. She and her husband began to notice something strange bubbling from underneath, which they believe is to blame for the strong odor of natural gas.
“What we saw was the bubbling up through the creek and the odor from the bubbles were terrific,” Hitt said. “And you can definitely identify what that smell is. We take our grandchildren down there. It’s not safe for them and it’s not safe for the environment.”
The creek eventually empties into the West Fork River.
The odor is sometimes so strong, Michele said on certain days, she and her husband have to stay inside.
“We have reached out to the gas company themselves, and they have come out and checked it out and at one point they said it wasn’t their responsibility, it was another gas company,” she said.
12 News has reached out to both the West Virginia D.E.P. as well as Dominion Energy which has several markers staked around the property.
As of Monday afternoon, Dominion Energy spokesperson Samantha Norris tells us the company is sending out a crew to to the scene to determine if the gas line falls under their jurisdiction.
Either way, Michele says she just wants to see something done.
“I hope to see them fix it, I don’t know if they have to repair line or what, but it’s been going on too long.”
The West Virginia D.E.P. has not been able to comment yet on whether the odor or substance is harmful to residents.