January 8, 2016
The Aliso Canyon Underground Storage Facility, north of Los Angeles, has been leaking methane gas into the air since October, and experts say it won’t be fixed for at least two more months. Since gas company workers can’t easily find the source of the leak and suspect the cause to be old pipes, the timeline for correction is unknown.
Reports state that the disaster is analogous to BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. For a little over the first month of the leak, more than 60,000 kilograms of methane were blasting into the environment each hour. Although this number has lessened to about 36,000 kilograms per hour in recent weeks, nearby residents have been temporarily evacuated and the FAA has issued a no-fly zone for small aircrafts.
The Los Angeles Times reports “Natural gas is 80 percent methane, which has more than 70 times the global-warming impact of carbon dioxide over a 20-year period.”