The Guardian reports –
“California gas company’s own samples from Porter Ranch community contained at least twice the amount of benzene that air regulators consider normal
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…”
By Gillian Mohney, ABC News
“Dozens of people have reported having ‘adverse physical symptoms’, according to health officials, after their community was exposed to a natural gas leak that led California Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency this week.
At least 60 residents of the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles had reported symptoms as of Dec. 1, including headaches, nausea, abdominal discomfort, dizziness and respiratory irritation, after a natural gas leak started to affect the area in October, according to the County of Los Angeles Public Health Department…”
BBC News Reports –
“The governor of California has declared a state of emergency in a suburb of Los Angeles over the leaking of methane gas from an underground storage field.
Jerry Brown ordered ‘all necessary and viable actions’ be taken to stop it.
More than 2,000 families have been moved from their homes and many people have reported feeling ill because of the leakage, which began in October.
It stems from a vast underground storage field in Porter Ranch, on the outskirts of Los Angeles.
Gas is spewing into the atmosphere at a rate so fast that the well now accounts for about a quarter of the state’s total emissions of methane – an extremely potent greenhouse gas.
The well is situated in a mountainous area more than a mile away from residential areas, but residents have complained of health effects like headaches, nausea, vomiting and trouble breathing…”