Severe Natural Gas Leak In Los Angeles County Could Be Major Disaster
The leak is releasing up to 110,000 pounds of gas per hour. An underground well-casing might have failed, pushing the pressurized gas to the surface.By Briana Altergott | December 28, 2015
A massive natural gas leak from a Los Angeles County storage facility is pouring millions of pounds of methane into the atmosphere, and California officials say it's shaping up to be major ecological disaster.
Officials told The Washington Post the Aliso Canyon leak was first detected more than two months ago and is releasing about 110,000 pounds of gas per hour. It's invisible to the naked eye, but the outlet recently obtained infrared video showing the dangerous gas billowing into the air.
On top of being an explosive hazard, the methane is also a potent greenhouse gas that's reportedly affecting both the atmosphere and the well-being of many nearby residents. (Video via KTTV)