Largest Release of Methane In California's History Can't Be Stopped At Fracking Operation
Heads Up! Largest Release of Methane In California’s History Can’t Be Stopped – Dahboo77
A giant stream of potent climate-warming gas – methane – is blowing hundreds of feet into the air in Los Angeles County for the seventh week. The release cancels out hundreds of smaller efforts over more than a decade to clamp down on escapes of the gas, a priority because in the short term, methane is a far more powerful climate-warming gas than carbon dioxide. Pilots flying low have been told by the FAA to stay clear of the plume for fear of ignition. More than 1,800 families have sought relocation due to the vapors.
Southern California Gas Co. officials say it will be months before it can be stopped. The mainly methane gas is pouring out of the ground near a damaged well used to inject gas into an old sandstone oil field for storage.
“I think what we are seeing is probably one of the single largest releases of methane in California history,” said Tim O’Connor, who used to inspect major facilities like refineries for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and works for the Environmental Defense Fund. “People I speak with who are experts in the field say this is biggest, most complex leak that they have ever seen.” Authorities estimate the rupture in the well, perhaps more than a mile deep, is sending 100,000 pounds of methane into the air per hour.
Methane traps heat more powerfully than carbon dioxide during its approximately 20-year stay in the atmosphere, giving it an outsize role in rising sea levels and disrupted weather. The Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Field, covered with wells, is owned by Southern California Gas Co., a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, based in San Diego.
“We have never had an escape this large,” said Gillian Wright, vice president for customer services for Southern California Gas.
“I have to really emphasize this is an extremely rare event.
The extent and the difficulty of resolving this leak are highly, highly unusual.”
All the methods the company has tried so far to kill the well have failed. Now experts who fought the Kuwaiti oil field fires have joined the effort. The safety of the some 100 workers on the site is also a concern.
Wright said that is why on some days, the company cannot perform certain work. If the wind is blowing methane over certain equipment, crews cannot start that equipment, she said. As of the weekend, 1,800 families, ill or frightened by sulfurous gas drifting down from the site, have been relocated from Porter Ranch, paid for by the gas company. An additional 1,433 families have asked to be moved, with some still deciding, said Melissa Bailey, a company spokeswoman. Among those who have left are George Chang and Susan Gorman-Chang. Gorman-Chang said the first time she felt the full impact of the unfolding events was midway through her habitual five-mile run, when she felt the strong smell of gas, or to be precise, an additive intended to give an odor to the otherwise odorless gas.
12/19/2015 — California Alert — Methane Eruption at FRACKING operation – Climate Consequences — Dutchsinse
Get the word out to the people on the West coast. Their professionals ignored the problem as it was building, now a giant methane plume erupts from the same operation that was hit by multiple earthquakes last year.
At the time when the earthquakes began striking these fracking / gas / oil operations the professionals actually went so far as to publicly deny the relation between the earthquakes which have been striking, and the large gas/oil pumping operations directly above the EQ epicenters.
Now, move forward several months after the earthquakes struck, several months AFTER Dr. Lucille Jones (California professional) downplayed the connection of the earthquakes occurring around North Los Angeles to the gas operations which are now uncontrollably blasting off large plumes of gas.
Ironic that the deniers of the problem last year now have a large ongoing eruption of methane gas occurring just North of Los Angeles, California.
This eruption of gas cannot be ignored — specifically that it is occurring directly from a large pumping / drilling operation (fracking + injection) which they denied had any relation to the seismic unrest below it.
The methane eruption is part of a much larger series of issues which need full explanation.
This video attempts to explain the causes behind why the methane is erupting in Los Angeles, who had the chance to prevent this from happening, and what to expect in the future now that this has occurred.
Thanks to Dahboo77 for originally covering this breaking news story, which leads me to make my video now. See db7′s video here:
Main stream media report on this issue:
Methane releases in other areas shown in the video linked below…
Colorado (being studied by NASA), at the large fracking operations at the border of New Mexico :
Large methane release along lake Michigan within the same timeframe as a large earthquake striking the area:
Methane releases at fracking operations across the midwest and South US:
Professionals compare Bayou Corne Louisiana methane release to “volcano”: Bubbles of methane mixed with hydrogen sulfide gas..
Colorado Fracking operation erupts with methane and stored CO2 producing a large lahar extending at least 4 miles from the blown operation :
Arctic Methane Emergency Group (AMEG) .. talking about large methane releases being a threat to human existence. One proposed solution is using radio frequency to change methane into diamond dust:
Porter Ranch Gas Leak: No Fly-Zone Declared – Catastrophe Not Seen Since 2010 BP Oil Spill – Could Last 4 months
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