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National Fuel vows action on Clarence gas leak

Something is in the air on Shimerville Road in Clarence, and residents are not happy about it.

"We have lived in the 5000 block of Shimerville Road for three years," David and Evelyn Parker wrote in an e-mail to The Buffalo News.

"National Fuel Gas has known of a gas line leak along the 4000-5000 block of our street for at least two years."

The Parkers said National Fuel sent a crew last summer to get right-of-way easements, promising the work would be done by September.

"Stakes were placed, and nothing has happened," they wrote Fix It.

The Parkers also noted that during the thaw after the October surprise storm, they could see the gas bubbling out of the ground through puddles along the road.

"National Fuel had been called several times before about the strong odor of gas," they said. "However, when we saw the leaking gas from the ground, we contacted them again. They do acknowledge the problem and sometimes come out, but nothing has been done since the placing of the markers."

National Fuel spokeswoman Julie Coppola Cox said last week that the utility is aware of the residents' worries and has been working on a plan to move the pipeline from the highway inland a few feet.

National Fuel, she said, has been in discussion with residents in the area "for some time."

"Right now we'll be working on pipeline repair and replacement," she said.

Work could begin as early as the end of this week or next week, she added.

Fix It is here to help get action on the small, bothersome infrastructure problems people encounter in their everyday travels. To report something that needs fixing, call the Fix It line at 849-6026, e-mail fixit@buffnews.com or write to Fix It c/o The Buffalo News, One News Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14203.1

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