Gas leak near Los Angeles: milieu disaster can go on for months

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The added mercaptan gas gives much health problems for local residents (headaches, nosebleeds, dizziness and coughing)

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)


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