from The Daily Sheeple:
For nearly three months, a mind-boggling amount of methane gas has been leaking out of the ground near Porter Ranch, California, and for most of that time, there has been very little press coverage over what has been called one of the worst environmental disasters in history. So far, 80,000 tons of methane have spewed out of the natural gas pipeline under the ground, which has been likened to an active volcano. According to a spokesperson for the SoCalGas Company, every effort to plug the leak has completely failed.
The Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility, owned by SoCalGas, is the fifth biggest of its kind in U.S. But in late October, the company realized one of its wells was leaking. At first the company tried to close the leak using the conventional method of pouring fluids and mud down the well.
“We have tried that seven times and have been unsuccessful in trying to stop the leak,” said SoCalGas spokesman Michael Mizrahi. “I have to say more than likely it’s [because] the pressures that are coming up from the leaking well are so intense.”
The company says it doesn’t know exactly how much gas is escaping. But environmentalists estimate the effect is comparable to the tailpipes of up to seven million cars venting directly into the atmosphere every day.
The situation has gotten so bad that Governor Jerry Brown has finally declared a state of emergency. On Wednesday he issued a press release, which called for the company to try to capture some of the gas before they finish drilling a relief well (not sure how that’s possible), and to begin finding an alternative solution in case the well doesn’t work. The message also states that the SoCalGas Company will cover the costs of repairing the leak, as well the emergency response to the situation.
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