State of emergency declared over huge Los Angeles County methane leak

porter ranchCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency over a large Southern California gas leak in Los Angeles County, which has led to months of protests and the displacement of thousands of families.

Governor Brown made the declaration on Wednesday, which will make more resources available for dealing with the leak at Porter Ranch, which is within LA County.

In the press release announcing the state of emergency, Brown’s office said the order has come due to the “prolonged and continuing duration of the Aliso Canyon gas leak.”

The leak at the Southern California Gas Company’s Aliso Canyon storage field, which began on October 23, has steadily leaked 62 million cubic feet of methane into the air daily, according to an estimate by the Environmental Defense Fund.

The proclamation calls for the SoCal Gas to maximize the amount of natural gas being removed from the facility, capture leaks while relief wells are being built, and to identify how the company will stop the leak if relief wells don’t seal the problem, or if the existing leak gets worse.

Since the leak was first noticed by workers at Aliso Canyon, repeated attempts to fix the leak were unsuccessful, leaving gas billowing downhill into Porter Ranch, a commuter residential area. read more