1/18: Leak at So Cal Gas facility exposes nationwide problem of aging gas infrastructure at hundreds of sitesJanuary 18, 2016
They fought over future traffic jams and air pollution, feared depletion of water supplies, and worried about how sewage lines and landfills would become so strained it would thrust Los Angeles’ sanitation system into Third World conditions. Read the history of Porter Ranch here.
The news sounds like the plot of a disaster thriller movie, but it’s real. The worst environmental disaster since the BP oil spill, a methane gas leak that began Oct. 23 at a storage well in Aliso Canyon in northern Los Angeles has pumped over 85,000 metric tons of methane into the air. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, each day of the leak spews as much climate pollutant into the air as 4.5 million to 9 million cars. Click here to read about the effects.
The California facility spewing massive amounts of natural gas is one of more than 400 storage sites across the United States. Underground wells from Alaska to New York store trillions of cubic feet of the fuel during the year, which utilities tap during chilly winters or power outages. Yet the quality of monitoring and upkeep varies from site to site, raising the risk that more storage facilities could sprout serious leaks in other states. Find out here if there are storage sites near you.
Pure Financial Advisors decreased its stake in shares of Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) by 48.5% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Read More to find out the implications.
The Southern California Gas Company leaves the Los Angeles neighborhood of Porter Ranch under a cloud of methane after failing to replace damaged equipment. Watch the video here.
Consumer Advocate Erin Brockovich is working with the Weitz & Luxenberg law firm to raise awareness on the Porter Ranch gas leak. Physician Dr. Bardia Anvar reveals possible health implications of being exposed to a natural gas leak. Find out what they are here.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District postponed voting on an order of abatement requiring Southern California Gas Co. to stop the leak until concluding the final phase of the hearing process Wednesday, agency spokesman Sam Atwood said. Read more to find out when the new vote is.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich on Tuesday will ask fellow board members to join him in seeing what can be done about halting residential development in parts of the northern San Fernando Valley because of a leaking well in Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso Canyon storage field above Porter Ranch. Find out more about the delay here.