Infrared Video of Massive Methane Leak in California

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Online — Infrared video making visible the Aliso Canyon leak from Southern California Gas (Sempra) natural gas storage field that threatens the Porter Ranch community in Los Angeles County.

According to an online article “Freaky Infrared Video Possibly Shows Massive Gas Leak Billowing Over Hillside” by Jean Trinh in News on Dec 9, 2015 11:10 am:

“The mostly black-and-white video (which bears quite a resemblance to a horror movie) was shown to a group of residents in a Granada Hills meeting on Tuesday evening that was led by a group of lawyers who are suing the Southern California Gas Company over the methane gas leak in Aliso Canyon that has spread to neighboring Porter Ranch, according to NBC Los Angeles.

“The lawyers told the group that the infrared video was shot using a Gasfinder 320, a camera that state regulators use to find methane leaks, CBS L.A. reports. “It’s a $100,000 camera,” attorney R. Rex Parris, said. “It’s designed specifically to design the gases. And no it’s not fog, it’s not a cloud. It’s poison gases.”

“However, a professor of hydrocarbons at the University of Southern California said that the plume in the video could be methane gas, but also other elements or fog.

“A recent report by California Air Resources Board found that the gas at SoCalGas’ Aliso Canyon facility is leaking at a whopping 50,000 kilograms per hour. To give you an idea of just how massive this is, the leak—between the date of discovery on Oct. 23 to Nov. 20— account for a quarter of the state‘s emissions.”

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