URGENT: the biggest environmental disaster since BP oil spill

From the courage campaign

Holy cow! Thanks to the incredible organizing on the ground led by Save Porter Ranch and the thousands of Courage members that signed our petition, Governor Jerry Brown just declared a state of emergency for the massive gas leak in Porter Ranch, a neighborhood of Los Angeles.(1)

But before we take a victory lap, we must make sure we stop the leak! While Gov. Brown’s overdue executive order provides additional relief to the families, residents, and businesses impacted by the ongoing leak, it does not block the out of control methane gas that continues to billow over Porter Ranch and poison residents. However, we just learned that the South Coast Air Quality Management District — a local agency that regulates air pollution — has the power to shut down the source of the leak at the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility RIGHT NOW, full stop.(2)

The Porter Ranch gas leak has been declared the WORST environmental disaster since the BP oil spill!(4) For over three months, methane gas has been spewing out of a well near Porter Ranch, causing local residents to suffer through nosebleeds, migraines, and dizziness.(5) The gas leak is so severe that thousands of residents have been displaced from their homes, and two schools were shut down, relocating nearly 2,000 students and staff.(6)… (more)

If this isn’t worthy of a headline, I don’t know what is. I first posted a story about this from the Guardian. No real media attention locally although this started months ago.

Shut down the Porter Ranch gas leak NOW!

Governor Jerry Brown just declared a state of emergency for the massive gas leak in Porter Ranch, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, but his executive order falls short of shutting down the leak.

Meanwhile, this gas leak is spiraling out of control! Every passing day, 1,200 TONS OF METHANE GAS — a greenhouse gas that is seventy times more potent than carbon dioxide — spews out of the well near Porter Ranch. Local residents are experiencing nosebleeds, migraines, and dizziness. Thousands have been displaced, and two schools were shut down.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District — a local agency that regulates air pollution — has the authority to shut down the source of the leak at the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility. And we need to raise our voices loud and clear to make sure they #ShutItALLDown NOW!

SIGN THE PETITION to tell the South Coast Air Quality Management District:

“I urge you to immediately shut down the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility for operating out of compliance!”

 

 

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