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For Immediate Release


Aaron Koos

Which Captain Mercaptan Comic Book Cover Is Your Favorite?

Vote by April 5 and top-voted student designs can win up to $10,000 for an elementary school

BALTIMORE (March 30, 2015) – Elementary school students throughout the BGE service area took the challenge to design a comic book cover featuring the BGE gas safety hero Captain Mercaptan. Now, you can see the designs and vote on your favorites to help elementary schools win up to $10,000 to fund school enrichment programs.

Voting is simple and anyone can vote up to three times per day. Just visit to see all of the entries and cast your votes by April 5. Top-voted entries will then advance to the final judging round where a panel will review each entry based on creativity, understanding of natural gas safety and illustration artistry. A winner is eligible from every grade level, kindergarten – fifth grade. Winning schools will be announced in early May 2015.

Captain Mercaptan took his name from "mercaptan," the safety additive that BGE and gas utilities use to make normally odorless natural gas detectable by scent. Students designed Captain Mercaptan’s appearance in 2014. This year, the Captain is joined by his super sidekicks Sunny and Piper in "The Adventures of Captain Mercaptan, BGE Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge."

Captain Mercaptan teaches children important gas safety tips, including to use their nose to detect the rotten-egg odor of gas and how to report gas issues to BGE at 1.800.685.0123 so the issued can be investigated and made safe. To vote, and for links to more gas safety information for children, visit


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