Methane gas concerns near Bowman Gray Stadium addressed

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Engineers, hired by the city, told residents living around Bowman Gray Stadium Thursday night testing shows they are not in any health or environmental danger.

Smith+Gardner, an engineering firm from Raleigh, tested 92 acres surrounding the stadium after methane gas was discovered earlier this year from old landfills underneath the stadium parking lots.

Soil tests in some spots did show levels of concern in the ground for which the city will pay for a piping system that will gather the gas and burn it off.

“Even after some of the gas is burned off there will have to be monitoring stations," said City Council Member Derwin Montgomery, who represents the East Ward. "They will have to be put into the property to continue to monitor [and] make sure there are not issues in the future.”

Engineers plan to have the piping system installed and working by the spring of 2017.

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