The Southern California Gas Company, is trying to take away the only independent air monitor in an attempt to keep the public in the blind while the Aliso Canyon Facility continues to dump excessive and unlawful quantities of methane, Mercaptan, benzene, xylene, and other toxic chemicals into our atmosphere. WE MUST NOT LET THIS HAPPEN!
So Cal Gas claims they stopped the blowout in February 2016, (see History below), and the facility has been shut down since January 2016, yet many residents continue to suffer the ill health symptoms they experienced during the height of the crisis. Our Fenceline monitor has indicated that there are indeed elevated levels of methane gas and other chemicals in the air. The Gas Company denies this while they simultaneously deny the public access to specific data pertaining to the blowout.
They seem to be supported in their cover-up by our political officials from the local level to the governor's office. In an **article published by the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 16, 2016, journalist Jamie Court states:
“Governor Brown’s administration ensured the entire investigation and testing in Aliso was a closed-door affair for Sempra through an emergency order that kept tests results confidential and refused to allow public testing directly over the leak.”
Porter Ranch area residents received their own means of monitoring blowout, a Fenceline monitor system installed adjacent to the blown out facility. This system and the expertise to run it was donated. Fenceline offers real-time monitoring, updated every 5 minutes regarding, the air quality closest to the site. Their real-time data is accessible to anyone and is the one weapon residents have to fight the injustice being done to them.
Fenceline, an independent business of scientific data monitoring (see the links below) has been donating the unit and it's programs to our cause for free. Understandably, they cannot continue doing so. The cost to keep our unit is $9000 per six months. We'd be far better served with two units, so we are seeking $18,000 to cover the cost of this independent monitoring system.
SoCalGas knows this also and has offered to buy and take away the system! Of course we will never see it again if that happens. Also, SoCalGas is rushing to re-open their facility ASAP and certainly wants this system gone before that happens! Imagine the readings we could get when the facility is returned to full high-pressure and operation if it is leaking like it does now while it is shutdown!
Please help us keep the North Valley’s Fenceline monitor!! Fighting a corporation like Sempra who cares not for you or me, only for their profit, is a difficult battle to begin with. Please help us stand up to them and keep our greatest weapon against injustice.
Help us keep Fenceline!!
On Oct. 23, 2015, Southern California Gas Company (So Cal Gas), owned by Sempra Energy (SRE) announced the largest gas leak (it was technically a BLOWOUT) in history from a well at their Aliso Canyon underground gas storage facility located adjacent to Porter Ranch, CA, in the north San Fernando Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles. The blowout continued for nearly four months until it was finally stopped in late February of 2016. During the duration of the blowout, the residents of Porter Ranch, Granada Hills, Chatsworth and the surrounding communities experienced a variety of acute illnesses including severe bronchitis, dizziness, nosebleeds, hair loss, nausea/vomiting, abdominal cramps, and headaches, to name a few. Many got seriously ill. Approximately 24,000 residents were relocated (by County Health Department directive) into temporary housing, rentals, and hotels while those who remained were provided with air filtration systems. Two grade schools in their entirety were relocated to campuses miles away because so many of the children were constantly sick.
Now that the crisis is “over”, So Cal Gas wants to take away our ONLY indepenent monitoring device, Fenceline. Fenceline is an independent air quality monitoring system that is installed near the SoCalGas facility so that residents will have direct access to the air data.
The unprecedented amount of gas released into the atmosphere was likened by scientists to the quantity of oil spilled by BP's Deepwater Horizon into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. However, the public doesn't know the actual chemicals released in the 8 months since the crisis “ended”. Much information has not been released by SoCalGas, claiming that information is a “trade secret”
Although So Cal Gas makes the erroneous claim that there are no long term effects from exposure to these unknown chemicals, we, the residents of Porter Ranch and beyond, have experienced it differently. Over the past 8 months, since the blowout was stopped, many of us have experienced the exact symptoms we had during the height of the crisis.
Where have our elected officials been? Perhaps here: Since 2010, Sempra has donated nearly $1.4 million to Governor Jerry Brown's campaign for Governor and the Democratic Party. And his sister, Kathleen Brown, sits on the Sempra Energy Board of Directors.