Target: Jerry Brown, Governor of California
Goal: Demand punishments and policy changes in the wake of gas leak disaster.
Methane gas is leaking out of a storage facility at an alarming rate, causing headaches and nosebleeds for residents in the area. Since October, 150 million pounds of natural gas has been released into the atmosphere, an amount equal to one quarter of the entire state of California’s annual greenhouse gas emissions. School closures and mandatory home evacuations have forced thousands of residents of the nearby Porter Ranch community into temporary housing.
Methane gas is an asphyxiant, which, in high concentrations, can cause headaches, drowsiness, faintness and loss of consciousness due to decreased blood oxygen levels. Not only is it harmful to humans, but it is a major contributor to climate change as it can block heat from exiting the earth’s atmosphere. Methane is considered one of the worst greenhouse gasses due to its “global warming potential,” which is over 20 times higher than that of carbon dioxide.
Even more alarming than the massive scale of the leak is the fact that it could take months to fix. According to the Southern California Gas Company, the leak is coming from a breach in a deep underground well. By the time the leak is fixed, total damage could reach 400 to 500 million pounds of natural gas released into the atmosphere.
This event is a disaster for the inhabitants of nearby communities as well as the world’s environment as a whole. It is imperative that those responsible are held accountable and made to pay for their negligence. Sign the petition below to demand that those responsible are punished and that stricter policies are implemented to ensure that similar situations do not happen in the future.
Dear Governor Brown,
A gas leak at a Southern California Gas Company storage facility near Porter Ranch is causing negative health effects for residents, including headaches and nosebleeds. In a span of two months, the leak has released 150 million pounds of natural gas into the atmosphere, prompting the closures of two schools and the evacuation of thousands of residents. The leak is not expected to be fixed for another three to four months.
This leak is causing great harm to not only humans but the environment. The methane found in natural gas has a global warming potential 21 times that of carbon monoxide. This leak could produce pollution equal to one year of California’s greenhouse gas emissions before it is fixed. We, the undersigned, demand that those responsible for this disaster are held accountable by the state, and that policy changes are introduced in order to avoid similar catastrophes in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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