The infrared photo above shows why Gov. Brown declared a State of Emergency at Porter Ranch. Methane gas has been leaking since Oct. 23, 2016. (https://twitter.com/Victor_Gnz/status/681275820309110784)
Governor Jerry Brown of California has declared a State of Emergency at Porter Ranch on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 as a result of the methane gas leak that has disrupted life for thousands of local residents since October 23.
Thousands of people have had to be evacuated, many of them moving into hotel rooms. The school district set up portables at other district locations and moved the Porter Ranch classes into the portables. A number of residents have complained of headaches, bloody noses and nausea.
The official state of emergency order states, “all state agencies will utilize state personnel, equipment, and facilities to ensure a continuous and thorough state response to this incident.”
Gov. Brown made the decision to declare a state of emergency at Porter Ranch after meeting with the residents on Monday. Many of them were concerned that the governor had not been actively involved in resolving this issue. He reassured them that he has been working on the problem behind the scenes. In order to make it clear that the state government is taking the situation seriously, he followed up Monday’s meeting by issuing the state of emergency on Wednesday.
Paula Cracium, the president of the Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council, told the L.A. Times that “I felt he was engaged and definitely there to find out what was happening in the community.”
Porter Ranch is an upscale community outside of Los Angeles.
Declining Property Values in Porter Ranch
One serious concern of the residents is the fact that, according to real estate experts, property values have declined since the leak was discovered in late October. To counteract that, the residents told Gov. Brown they would like to have any fines assessed against the gas company invested in making improvements to the Porter Ranch residential and commercial areas.
Below is another view of the methane gas that has been leaking continually above Porter Ranch since Oct. 23.
Terms of the State of Emergency at Porter Ranch
The state of emergency involves insuring that the following actions are taken:
Stop the Leak – The Southern California Gas Company will be required to do everything possible to seal the leak and capture escaping gases.
Protect Public Health and Safety – Independent experts will monitor emissions from the gas leak. Scientists and medical experts will review public health concerns.
Ensure Accountability – The gas company must cover all costs related to the methane gas leak, while protecting ratepayers.
Strengthen Oversight – Stricter emergency regulations for gas storage facility operators will be put into effect around the state. This will include more frequent inspections using gas leak detection technology, such as infrared imaging. This was in response to fears from around the state that other gas storage facilities could also begin to leak.
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