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Officials: Weather main cause of gas smell in March

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Updated on May 5 at 7:15am with more information about the findings.

A committee responsible for determining the cause of a widespread gas odor reported in March said today that the weather appeared to be the primary cause.

In a series of tweets, the Ministry of Interior said other factors were also at play, but it did not disclose them, or respond to questions from Doha News for more details.

However, the Peninsula reports that more gas generated through industrial activity was burnt off in gas flares on March 21. The emissions could not be released into the atmosphere due to low pressure and low hanging clouds, which caused the smell to disperse around Qatar.

Additionally, the MOI said there was an increase in the concentration of some air pollutants during the afternoon of March 21, which was a windy day in Qatar.

It added:

Qatar residents reported a pervasive gas smell in specific places nearly two months ago.

Following the complaints at the time, the MoE tweeted that it was aware of and investigating the scent, and that it posed no risk for residents.

However, some said at the time that the smell gave them headaches and caused them to feel dizzy. In response to concerns, the government set up a committee to investigate the cause of the odor.

During today’s conference, officials from the Ministry of Environment, Qatar Meteorology Department, Civil Aviation and Qatar Petroleum spoke about their investigation.

The committee came to its conclusions after collecting and analyzing data from 19 air quality monitoring stations, which is has promised to link electronically.

MOI said it had also hired a number of experts and employed a set of modern monitoring and surveillance systems to help with the investigation.

Pollution

Pollution is a growing problem in Qatar.

According to a 2011 report from the Qatar Statistics Authority, the number of air pollutants increased in Doha increased significantly between 2007 and 2011.

The report cited sand and dust created by the manufacturing industry and the soaring number of construction projects here are the main causes of the rise. Transportation also played a role, as some 9,000 vehicles are added to the road each month.

To tackle this increase, the report recommended strict guidelines be implemented “to manage discharge of greenhouses gases and air pollution, where all sects of the society should participate, including the private sector.”

During today’s press conference, officials said the inquiry commission has made a number of recommendations to reduce the amount of emission from factories and to keep them as low as possible.

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desertCard
desertCard
7 years ago

LOL I’d have to say the weather this time of year does stink.

DavidRSS8
DavidRSS8
7 years ago

I don’t know what is funnier, the explanation provided or that the person giving it thinks someone might believe it.

desertCard
desertCard
7 years ago
Reply to  DavidRSS8

lol exactly.

Saffa
Saffa
7 years ago
Reply to  DavidRSS8

I think the average DN reader probably won’t believe it, we’re used to governments lying to us, treating us like morons and believing we swallow it. There are still some folks out there who are blissfully unaware that this type of thing happens. I wish them luck in their ignorance, they probably sleep better at night than I do….

Pete
Pete
7 years ago
Reply to  DavidRSS8

The wind did not obtain the correct permit to blow from that direction on that day…so, clearly it was the fault of the wind.

Observant One
Observant One
7 years ago

Yes the weather, specifically wind….the other factors (the wind) blowing it from the Q Chem into Doha! Why bother releasing any public notification if you just treat the population like morons, really.

A_qtr
A_qtr
7 years ago

I’ll tell you what it smells like… It smells like a whole load of b……t!!! Had they just stayed quiet and hoped folks would forget would been better… And ppl wonder why Qatar has one of the highest rates of cancer in the world…

Observant One
Observant One
7 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Maybe that… and the high rate of smoking and fast food culture as well?

DavidRSS8
DavidRSS8
7 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

And strong genetic dispositions towards breast and colon cancers for nationals. For colon cancer, the traditional diet of lots of red meat (lamb) and low fiber is a major factor.

But the pollution and lack of close regulation in building materials are key factors, too.

A_qtr
A_qtr
7 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

Smoking and fast food culture.. That’s half of the globe

KK
KK
7 years ago

Possibly the ministry of environment can admit that they do not have emission limits in place for all emissions at the industrial cities.

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