Gas leak near Los Angeles: milieu disaster can go on for months
Since October 23, a gas leak near Los Angeles, loses 1.7 million cubic meters of methane daily!
The leak will continue until early March 2016.
This leak can be compared with the environmental disaster of the oil rig Deepwater Horizon.
Porter Ranch Leak
The leak is in a borehole at a gas well. The drill hole also provides access to an empty underground oil field which is now used as a storage facility for gas.
The owner, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), did already several unsuccessful attempts to stop the leak.
Video uncontrollable leakage
The US Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has recently made a video using a special camera. On this video, the invisible methane emissions can be seen .
EDF mentioned it as an uncontrollable leakage.
SoCalGas is now drilling a new, 2 kilometers deep borehole in order to reach the other hole from below. This operation will take months.
“We think it’s probably leaking above the thousand-foot level,” Gas Co. spokeswoman Melissa Bailey told the press.
Besides methane the leak also blasts marcaptan out (this gas smells like rotten-eggs). Mercatan is added in order to detect gas leaks
The first effects of the spill
- more than 2,000 families had to leave their home
- two schools had to close
- the added mercaptan provides much nuisance for local residents (headaches, nosebleeds, dizziness and coughing)
- BP pays record environmental fine of 18.7 billion for oil spill in 2010
- ExxonMobil gave millions to climate-denying lawmakers
- Shell will pay for cleaning up polluted Niger Delta
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