Target: President and CEO of SoCalGas, Dennis Arriola
Goal: Create a standard rapid response for natural gas leaks that threaten community and environmental health.
A massive and toxic amount of gas, equivalent to about 572,000 cars in a year, was leaked over a community just north of Los Angeles. Thousands of people have had to remove their children from local schools and leave their homes. For the environment, this amount of methane gas released into the air creates the possibility for serious climate change.
The leak spewed out dangerous amounts of methane gas for a 16-week period. According to researchers, it is the largest release of methane in U.S. history. The leak came from a storage facility in Aliso Canyon owned by Southern California Gas company.
Atmospheric scientists are saying that the billions of pounds of methane leaked into the air will have a very large impact on our climate. Not only was the environment seriously damaged, but the residents of the Porter Ranch community have been suffering the direct effects of the toxic methane; it smells like rotten eggs and causes headaches, bloody noses, and nausea.
While relocation efforts continue and the leak was cemented closed, the solution is not that simple. To assure that a climate disaster as large as this never occurs again, we must call for an end to the fracking that harvests the natural gas and pollutes our ground water and air.
Still, while these storage facilities are in place, action toward stopping another leak in a matter of hours, not weeks, is necessary. Demand a more regulated and rapid response to leak emergencies and begin the end to the toxic accumulation and fracking for natural gas.
Dear Mr. Arriola,
Thousands of people had to remove their children from local schools and leave their homes because of a massive and toxic gas leak, equivalent to the emissions of 572,000 cars in a year. The gas was leaked from a storage facility called Aliso Canyon owned by the Southern California Gas Co. Not only has the leak caused immediate health concerns for the local residents, but it will have a huge impact on the climate.
Residents experienced the extremely uncomfortable effects of the largest methane gas leak in U.S history; it smelled like rotten eggs and caused headaches, bloody noses, and nausea. It is unclear what long term health risks are associated with this leak, but a significant impact on the global climate is extremely likely. The leak should not have gone on unchecked for as long as it did–about 16 weeks.
Fracking, even after it has permanently destroyed the environment, polluted ground water, and released toxic gases into the air, continues to pose a health and environmental risk. I demand a more immediate response to gas leaks and an end to the destructive and toxic practice of fracking.
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