Brown Declares State of Emergency for L.A. County Gas Leak

This whole situation reeks.

The leaking gas is mostly methane and is flowing out at a rate of 1,200 tons a day. To put that into perspective from a greenhouse gas emissions point of view, every month the well leaks at that rate is akin to the annual emissions of 200,000 cars.

It has been leaking since late October, so we are going on our third full month.

Brown’s declaration comes in part because of the requests from the affected residents, who are leaving the area in droves despite no evacuation orders. Residents in the area have reported nosebleeds, nausea, and headaches.

County health officials had already ordered Southern California Gas Company to provide free, temporary relocation to affected residents.

One interesting note, Jerry Brown’s sister Kathleen Brown sits on the board of Sempra Energy, which own Southern California Gas Co.

Further reading on the gas leak can be found here.


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