California natgas utility sets new record for atmospheric crud leading to climate change

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SoCalGas drilling a relief well – which may help in a couple of months!

The single biggest contributor to climate change in California is a blown-out natural gas well more than 8,700ft underground…

The broken well at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage site has released more than 77,000 metric tons of the powerful climate pollutant methane since the rupture was first detected on 23 October, according to a counter created by the Environmental Defense Fund…

Experts believe the breach, which has forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents from the town of Porter Ranch, is the largest ever in the US…

Methane is a fast-acting climate pollutant – more than 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over a 20-year time frame…

The leak is unlikely to be brought under control before late February – and even that timetable depends on work crews’ success in locating and plugging a 7-inch pipe deep underground…

David Clegern, a spokesman for the Environmental Defense Fund, said the well remained a major source of climate pollution. “It is in California at this point the single largest source point of global warming…”

He also said it was to his knowledge the biggest such natural gas leak ever

RTFA for all the gory details. The company says they’re in compliance with state regulations. I doubt the state permits crappy construction and blowouts as acceptable.

The lives of local residents are at risk. The quality of life for residents of the region – if not more – is screwed by slipshod work from a regulated utility that only considers the profits side of the corporate balance sheet important. Like most public utilities.

2 thoughts on “California natgas utility sets new record for atmospheric crud leading to climate change

  1. Gas-s-s-s says:

    Day in and day out, small leaks in oil and gas producing regions like the Bakken Shale are emitting methane in quantities that collectively rival or even exceed Aliso Canyon. New figures released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month indicate the potent greenhouse gas is being emitted from leaks across the US in quantities “much larger” than previously thought. http://www.theguardian.com/vital-signs/2016/mar/02/methane-leaks-aliso-canyon-ghg-epa-edf-environmen-climate-change-gas Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Colorado Boulder found methane escaping from Utah’s oil and gas producing Uintah Basin at 55 metric tons per hour. The same researchers found oil and gas related methane in Colorado’s Denver-Julesburg Basin leaking at 19.5 metric tons per hour. In the Barnett Shale area of North Texas, methane emissions were sampled at 60 metric tons per hour. By comparison, if the emissions from Los Angeles’s Aliso Canyon leak were averaged out over its nearly four-month duration (it was deemed permanently sealed on 18 February) that leak would be equivalent to an estimated 35 metric tons per hour. Aliso Canyon is expected to be California’s largest single contributor to climate change.

  2. Boom sh-boom says:

    “The Aliso Canyon gas leak was a disaster. There are 10,000 more storage wells out there just like it” (LA Times 5/14/18) http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-michanowicz-aliso-canyon-gas-leak-20180514-story.html “…After the Aliso Canyon leak, a survey of California’s 12 natural gas storage fields uncovered 229 wells leaking at 11 facilities. Eight of the leaks were bad enough to be considered an “existing or probable hazard to persons or property.”
    California responded to all this by outlawing the operation of wells that have only a single pipe with no extra barrier. Federal regulators, however, have not done that. And now perhaps we see why — because more than two-thirds of U.S. gas storage wells would need to be fixed or replaced.”

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