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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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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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Aerial footage shows California gas leak (VIDEO)

California natural gas leak

Methane gas continues to leak from a California storage facility at a rate of 110,000 pounds per hour. Aerial footage using a specialized infrared camera shows the extent of the leak. The video was taken Dec. 17 and released by the Environmental Defense Fund. The leak emits methane at a rate of about 50,000 kilograms per hour, about one-quarter of ...

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Porter family hopes to find oil on ranch it’s owned for generations

CYNTHIA LAMBERT | The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) In the early 1980s, then-Phillips Petroleum Co. leased the Porter Ranch property in southern San Luis Obispo County, drilled a well and started testing for oil — and then, for various reasons, pulled out of the project. When asked recently if he was disappointed at the time, 70-year-old Charlie Porter, who lives ...

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