With the recent news of SoCal Gas Co. anticipating the Porter Ranch gas leak being completely fixed in the next 60 days, we decided to take a look at the environmental impact the gas leak has had.
The near four-month gas leak has had a personal affect on people who have been displaced from their homes. There also have been reports of medical attention being required by local residents as a result of the increased levels of methane in the air. The one topic that seems to not get the attention it deserves is the environmental impact this gas leak is having.
We have put together a few articles outlining the latest developments in this disaster as they pertain to the environmental impact.
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SCIENTIST CHALLENGE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS
Local public health officials have come out and said there is no serious threat of long-term health effects from the levels of toxic compounds they’ve measured. However, some independent experts have openly questioned whether or not those official have enough information to make that claim. These experts call into question the quality and quantity of the scientific information the health officials are using to make such claims.
USC SCIENTISTS TO RESEARCH LONG-TERM HEALTH EFFECTS
Meanwhile, the Environmental Defense Fund has announced that more than 87,500 metric tons of methane has leaked from the facility near Porter Ranch. Subsequently, University of Southern California researchers are convinced the Porter Ranch gas leak will have long-term health consequences. A professor of clinical medicine in the Department of Preventive Medicine of the Keck School of Medicine said he and his colleagues would study the long-term health effects of the gas leak.
SOCAL GAS TO FACE LITIGATION FOR GAS LEAK NEGLIGENCE
The environmental affects of the gas leak have not gone unnoticed by the state’s policymakers. California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced a civil lawsuit, alleging SoCal Gas Co. violated safety laws among other allegations. Harris says the gas leak is “devastating to the families in our state, our environment, and our efforts to combat global warming.” The gas leak is being compared to the 2010 BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.