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California disaster top methane release in US history

Study: California leak was top methane release in US history

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A natural gas leak that sickened Los Angeles residents and forced thousands from their homes was the largest known release of climate-changing methane in U.S. history, scientists reported Thursday. The 16-week blowout from a well at a Southern California Gas Co. storage facility spewed 107,000 tons of the powerful greenhouse gas methane, according to a study ...

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California declares massive natural gas leak sealed

California declares massive natural gas leak sealed

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A blowout at a natural gas well that spewed massive amounts of climate-changing methane for nearly four months and drove thousands of Los Angeles families from their homes has been permanently sealed, state officials declared Thursday. The announcement certifying that the ruptured well had been plugged with cement brought a point of closure in the long-running ...

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Methane in Texas water wells likely natural, report says

Methane in Texas water wells likely natural, report says

A report from the University of Texas further contributes evidence that hydraulic fracturing has not contaminated drinking water with methane in Parker County, or anywhere else in Texas. The research reaffirmed findings from the Railroad Commission of Texas, which showed through nitrogen fingerprinting that water contamination was naturally occurring. The main objective of the project was to improve understanding of ...

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Utility may have understated health threat from gas leak

Utility may have understated health threat from gas leak

LOS ANGELES — The utility whose leaking natural gas well has driven thousands of Los Angeles residents from their homes has publicly understated the number of times airborne levels of the cancer-causing chemical benzene have spiked over the past three months, the company’s own data suggests. In trying to reassure the public there’s no long-term health risk from the leak, ...

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Billowing wake-up call from LA on greenhouse gas

California is viewed as a national model in regulating greenhouse gas pollution, the one state that is actually moving the needle on climate change. That’s true to a point. But there are some gaping vulnerabilities in enforcement, and the massive natural gas leak in suburban Los Angeles underscores how far we have to go on oversight. Southern California Gas Co. ...

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Methane forum attendees differ on ‘hot spot’

FARMINGTON — About 100 environmentalists, former legislators and interested people filled a meeting room in Henderson Hall at San Juan College on Tuesday evening to hear about scientists’ efforts this year to pinpoint sources contributing to high levels of atmospheric methane recently detected over the Four Corners region. The meeting was organized by the Sierra Club and other environmental groups ...

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Marcellus: Methane and water do not mix

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According to state environmental regulators, three natural gas drilling companies have found out the hard way as to what happens when methane and drinking water mix together. Regulators shared that the three companies together contaminated 17 different drinking water wells in Bradford, Lycoming and Tioga Counties in north central Pennsylvania.  Combined, the companies so far have paid nearly $375,000 in ...

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Family attacks EOG after water well explosion leaves permanent scars

EOG Resources and several other companies are facing a lawsuit from a family that suffered damages when their water well ignited into an immense explosion due to methane from nearby fracked wells. Desmog reports that the family of four, including a four-year-old child, her parents and her grandfather, were the victims of an explosion that occurred due to their water ...

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