NPR, Dec 24, 2015: "The carcinogen benzene was found well above expected levels in one government air sample… the sheer size of the release has been shocking… [Tim O’Connor, oil & gas specialist] “This is so far above and beyond what I’ve ever seen or what most people in the oil and gas space have ever seen.”
Gizmodo, Dec 28, 2015: The largest natural gas leak ever recorded is jeopardizing health and causing evacuations for thousands of Southern California residents… Methane is estimated to be leaking out of the Aliso Canyon site at a rate of about 62 million standard cubic feet, per day… it’s potentially devastating on a planetary scale."
Erin Brockovich, Dec 21, 2015: “The enormity of the Aliso Canyon gas leak cannot be overstated… and it shows no sign of stopping… According to tests conducted in November by the California Air Resources Board, the leak is spewing 50,000 kilograms of gas per hour — the equivalent to the strength of a volcanic eruption.”
Bloomberg, Jan 5, 2016: The sulfurous scent of a natural-gas leak hangs in the air as mail carriers wearing gas masks make rounds.
“This is the biggest community and environmental disaster I’ve ever seen, bar none,” said Mitchell Englander, who has represented Porter Ranch on the Los Angeles City Council since 2011. “Life there is not on hold — it’s on the edge and it’s on the brink of pandemonium.”
FROM REUTERS, WITH VIDEO:
"California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Wednesday (January 6) following a gas leak that sent huge clouds of methane into the skies.
The gas leak in Los Angeles has been sickening nearby residents for more than two months.
Footage handed out by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) showed infra-red footage of the gas leak. Southern California Gas Co, which operates the well that is the site of the underground methane leak, is trying to stop it by drilling a relief well to reach a damaged pipeline, then injecting fluids and heavy mud into it.
The governor's office said in a statement the utility will need to identify how it will stop the leak if a relief well fails to seal it - or if the existing leak worsens.
The leak was discovered on October 23 at a well used for natural gas storage in Aliso Canyon just outside Los Angeles' Porter Ranch neighbourhood, which is home to more than 30,000 people.
Thousands of residents were forced to move over the holidays, with the company underwriting their temporary housing. Officials from Southern California Gas, a division of Sempra Energy, say they expect to stop the leak in late February to late March."
SO, IT LEAKS FROM OCTOBER TO MAYBE MARCH?
THEY SOUND A BIT LIKE TEPCO IN JAPAN TO THE TEA ROOM.
WILL THIS GO ON FOR 5 YEARS, 20, 1000 OR MORE, LIKE FUKUSHIMA WILL?
FROM Richard Mathews, candidate for California State Senate ...[AT MINUTE 32:00 OF INTERVIEW]
"Thousands of people are getting sick from this — and it really is a major, major disaster… Methane floats away and spreads around the whole world… All the contaminants that are in with the methane are heavier than the air and that includes… benzene and toluene, hydrogen sulfide — all of those are heavier than air — they tend to stay close to the ground and move downhill.
This is happening in the hills above the San Fernando Valley [home to nearly 2 million people] and so the poisons are all moving down into the San Fernando Valley and spreading through the entire Valley… As the radon and other substances flow around, they are accumulating.
They are not easily blown out of the valley, and we are getting higher and higher levels… The lead is going to be around for decades… The initial lead you get is radioactive.
This will be a continuing problem… It could spread through the entire San Fernando Valley… The damage that the radon does stays in your body… and shows up as cancer a decade after, maybe even 80 years later. So we really need to follow through.”
WE WHO, RICHARD?
WHO NEEDS TO FOLLOW THROUGH?
WHY AREN'T THEY?
CBC News, Dec 31, 2015:
"Methane leak in California a ‘major catastrophe‘; Leak ‘largest ever recorded‘ could take 4 months to stop…
“The amount of methane and natural gas that’s coming out of the Aliso Canyon Facility really is probably one of the largest volumes of gas ever recorded from a single leak,” says Tim O’Connor, an oil and gas specialist…
“We have tried that seven times and have been unsuccessful in trying to stop the leak,” said SoCalGas spokesman Michael Mizrahi.
“I have to say more than likely it’s [because] the pressures that are coming up from the leaking well are so intense.”
The company says it doesn’t know exactly how much gas is escaping…
The Federal Aviation Administration has imposed a no-fly zone because of the small risk that a plane could ignite a pocket of methane." BBC, Jan 8, 2016:
"Residents… point out cars, outdoor furniture and houses which have been marked with brown, oily spots…
Tim O’Connor, a lawyer with the Environmental Defense Fund, has called it “an environmental and public health catastrophe. In terms of timelines this is going to surpass the gulf oil problem by a mile.”
HELLO, CALIFORNIA, DO YOU REALIZE THE IMPACT THIS IS HAVING IN THE ENTIRE ENVIRONMENT, NOT JUST ON HOUSES AND POOLS AND LANDSCAPING?
WILDLIFE, FISH IN LAKES, STREAMS, RIVERS, THE HOMELESS IN THAT AREA WHO MAY NOT EVEN BE AWARE OF THIS ONGOING CATASTROPHE, WHAT ABOUT THEM?
IT'S RAINING DOWN ON WATER RESERVOIRS, CROPS, AND IT'S IN EVERY BREATH ANYONE OR ANY ANIMAL DRAWS NEAR THAT LEAK.
The Independent, Dec 29, 2015:
"Infrared video reveals huge ‘uncontained’ Methane gas leak in Los Angeles… Tim O’Connor, California climate director for the Environmental Defense Fund [said] “It is one of the biggest leaks we’ve ever seen reported.”
“It is coming out with force, in incredible volumes.
And it is absolutely uncontained,” O’Connor said."
FROM THE L.A. TIMES:
"On Dec. 21, the company posted an update on the massive gas leak that began Oct. 23, pointing out that it was spewing mostly methane, which is not considered to be toxic. It also acknowledged that some residents had asked about “dark brown spots on their property.”
“We sampled it and, according to our retained toxicologist and medical expert,” the company said, “the residue contained heavier hydrocarbons (similar to motor oil) but does not pose a health risk.”
METHANE IS NOT TOXIC?
YES, IT IS!
DOESN'T POSE A RISK?
METHANE GAS KILLS 42 IN JAPAN MINE - NYTimes.com
REMEMBER THE ENTIRE FAMILY KILLED BY METHANE IN VIRGINIA?
Methane gas kills 7 workers of Perundurai dyeing unit ...
THE CDC THINKS ITS TOXIC.
DID YOU KNOW THAT NATURAL GAS IS 97% METHANE?
"Methane is a "simple asphyxiant" because it can displace oxygen, which is needed for breathing. Oxygen levels below 16 percent can be dangerous and levels below 10 percent can be deadly.
Natural gas, which is 97% methane, is burned in houses, offices and businesses.
The burning of natural gas without proper ventilation can produce carbon monoxide, a deadly gas that is difficult to detect.
Relatively low levels of carbon monoxide can cause dizziness and nausea within 20 minutes and death within two hours.
Higher levels can kill within three minutes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that carbon monoxide poisoning kills 500 people each year.
A NOTE OF CAUTION: If you are in a place where you can detect an unpleasant "rotten egg" smell, the methane levels may be high enough to become explosive.
There are no standards governing the permissible amount of methane in the air at home or in the workplace, but the minimum oxygen content for any place where people need to breathe is 18 percent."
ONE OF THE FEARS IS THAT THE METHANE WILL IGNITE
, Jan 7, 2016:
"SoCalGas and public officials have turned [Porter Ranch's Matt Pakucko] and his fellow residents into “guinea pigs.”… [Sally Benson, who runs an energy storage lab at Stanford University] shares a worry of many in Porter Ranch as they deal with the mundanities of the leak: that the gas plume will somehow become ignited, leading to [an] explosion. “They’re really fortunate that this one hasn’t caught fire,” Benson says.
JUST LIKE IN JAPAN, AMERICAN OFFICIALS ARE CONTENT TO LET THIS RIDE, LET THE COMPANY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS FAILURE IN THE FIRST PLACE TAKE CARE OF IT IN THEIR OWN SWEET TIME.
THAT WON'T BE SOON ENOUGH.
Voice of America:
"Residents have suffered symptoms that include “nausea, abdominal discomfort, dizziness, light-headedness, some shortness of breath … even some nosebleeds,” said medical toxicologist Cyrus Rangan of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health… scientists are monitoring levels of benzene, a known cancer-causing agent… “We want to be sure that we are monitoring every single day because we’ve got a lot of ever-changing environmental conditions up there… so we’re not exactly sure what tomorrow’s benzene levels are going to be unless we check for it,” he said."
CBS News, Jan 3, 2016:
“I’ve been nauseous. I’ve felt lethargic,” said his mother Christine Soderlund. “My kids have had nosebleeds, they’ve had headaches… It’s surreal… We are a living science experiment I believe.”
THE TEA ROOM HAS RELATIVES IN THAT AREA WHO JUST DON'T BELIEVE IT'S "THAT BAD".
THIS IS ALWAYS THE CASE WHEN MAINSTREAM MEDIA FAILS TO REPORT ALL THE FACTS, ALL THE TRUTH.
MANY ARE CAUGHT "UNAWARE".
MEANWHILE, A BEAUTIFUL 18-MONTH-OLD LITTLE BOY IS UNAWARE OF ANY HAZARDS TO HIS HEALTH OUT THERE, AND SO THE TEA ROOM WILL BE WATCHING THIS VERY CLOSELY.
YEAH, I'M JUST GONNA SAY IT....FIRST WE HAVE THIS LEAK THAT BEGAN IN OCTOBER THAT'S CAUSING MANY OF THE SAME SYMPTOMS THAT RADIATION SICKNESS CAUSES, AND THAT IS EMITTING SOME RADIATION ITSELF.
YEAH, IT'S A GAS LEAK CAUSING ALL THAT, NOT FUKUSHIMA RADIATION.
THEN WE HAVE THE "ZIKA VIRUS" WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN PROVEN TO CAUSE NEURAL TUBE BIRTH DEFECTS...LIKE RADIATION FREQUENTLY CAUSES... WHICH WOULD BE GREAT TO EXPLAIN AWAY THE SPIKE IN NEURAL TUBE BIRTH DEFECTS SINCE OLD FUKUSHIMA BLEW, AND WILL COME IN MIGHTY HANDY IN THE FUTURE WITH THE HANFORD SITE IN WASHINGTON STATE, WIPP FACILITY IN NEW MEXICO, SAN ONOFRE, SAVANNAH RIVER, YANKEE, THREE MILE ISLAND AND A HOST OF OTHERS ALL LEAKING AWAY, EVERY DAY.
YEAH, IT'S A MOSQUITO'S FAULT, NOT NUCLEAR REACTORS.
IT'S NOT MENTIONED THAT THE BRAZILIAN "OUTBREAK" COMES FROM NATURALLY HIGH RADIOACTIVE AREAS THERE.
AS FOR THE ONE ZIKA VIRUS CASE IN HAWAII WHICH ALSO INVOLVES MICROCEPHALY, ONE MUST WONDER IF THAT'S FROM ALL THE DEPLETED URANIUM BEING STORED IN HAWAII.
DEPLETED URANIUM, "D.U."...
THERE WAS A BIG FIGHT ABOUT THAT "DEPLETED U" IN HAWAII NOT LONG AGO.
"This website is sponsored by the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii as a means of making information that the Army knows about Depleted Uranium on our training ranges."
Hawaiian Islands Contaminated With Ballistic Uranium
WE KNOW THAT VETERANS RETURNED FROM IRAQ AND A COUPLE MORE PLACES FULL OF DEPLETED U ALSO HAD AN ABNORMAL AMOUNT OF BIRTHS WITH NEURAL TUBE DEFECTS.
Children of Gulf war veterans risk birth defects
WE CAN SEE VIDEOS OF BABIES BORN IN IRAQ WITH SIMILAR DEFECTS FROM DEPLETED URANIUM.
WHAT HANDY COINCIDENCES... SINCE THE WEST COAST IS SEEING ALL NEW HIGHS IN RADIATION LEVELS, RIGHT?
BENZENE, METHANE, RADON, AND MOSQUITOS...THEY'RE THE REASON FOR WHAT'S SOON TO BE A RISE IN FATALITIES ON THE WEST COAST?
BUT, HOLD ON!
THE MAINSTREAM NEWS IS STARTING TO POINT OUT THAT THIS GAS LEAK IS GOING GLOBAL, WILL AFFECT...WELL, WHO CAN SAY?
THEY SAY IT'S A "PLANETARY NIGHTMARE".
REALLY, METHANE CAN DO THAT, BUT NOT THE CRAP PUMPED OUT BY FUKUSHIMA EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR FIVE LONG YEARS, RIGHT?
CALL ME A DOUBTING THOMAS OR ANYTHING ELSE ONE MIGHT LABEL ME WITH, BUT IT JUST IS A BIT TOO COINCIDENTAL AND A LOT TOO "CONVENIENT".
I'D BET THE FARM THAT THE BOYS IN THE NUKE INDUSTRY ARE CELEBRATING TONIGHT.
THEY HAVE SOMETHING NICE TO PIN THE BLAME ON.
THIS WILL WORK!!!
SO, REVIEW THE SYMPTOMS OF RADIATION SICKNESS, CADETS.
WATCH FOR THEM.
[SOURCE: Merck Manual Professional Edition]
|Nausea and vomiting||Within 6 hours||Within 2 hours||Within 1 hour||Within 10 minutes|
|Diarrhea||--||Within 8 hours||Within 3 hours||Within 1 hour|
|Headache||--||Within 24 hours||Within 4 hours||Within 2 hours|
|Fever||--||Within 3 hours||Within 1 hour||Within 1 hour|
|Dizziness and disorientation||--||--||Within 1 week||Immediate|
|Weakness, fatigue||Within 4 weeks||Within 1-4 weeks||Within 1 week||Immediate|
|Hair loss, bloody vomit and stools, infections, poor wound healing, low blood pressure||--||Within 1-4 weeks||Within 1 week||Immediate|