A state of emergency has been declared in California due to a massive gas leak in Los Angeles County that has been seeping for over 2 months.
This Wednesday, California Governor Jerry Brown announced that he will be using government resources to handle the gas leak, which is located at Porter Ranch, where the Southern California Gas Company has a storage field.
The press release said that:
Given the prolonged and continuing duration of the Aliso Canyon gas leak and at the request of residents and local officials, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation that declares the situation an emergency and details the administration’s ongoing efforts to help stop the leak. The order also directs further action to protect public health and safety, ensure accountability and strengthen oversight of gas storage facilities.
Earlier this week, Governor Brown met with Porter Ranch residents and toured the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility, including the site of the leak and one of the relief wells.
Today’s proclamation builds on months of regulatory and oversight actions from seven state agencies mobilized to protect public health, oversee Southern California Gas Company’s actions to stop the leak, track methane emissions, ensure worker safety, safeguard energy reliability and address any other problems stemming from the leak.
The leak began on October 23rd and has received considerable media attention, but the government has been silent until this week’s announcement. According to an estimate by the Environmental Defense Fund, the gas leak has released 62 million cubic feet of methane into the air daily.
Last month it was reported that thousands of people needed to move into temporary housing because the fumes from the site were making them sick.
“You have kids going to school outside their neighborhoods, families that are living in hotels. The longer this goes on the more stress there is,” Paula Cracium, president of the Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council.
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