Oil & Gas
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2018 Long-Term Viability of Underground Natural Gas Storage in California
A statewide field of leading energy researchers' Report recommends thorough investigation into Playa del Rey/SoCalGas' underground gas storage operations due to lack of gas containment and potential need for shut down.
CCST PDF Click below:
Ballona Watershed Fly-Over is a bird's eye view of a new vision for Los Angeles, CA https://youtu.be/clfE5HDxOew
Burning Questions, Power Politics (NBC PEABODY AWARD WINNING NEWS SERIES):
Investigative Reports: Playa Vista / Ballona Wetlands / Oilfield Gas problems / LA Methane Mitigation - Does it work at Playa Vista? LA City Controller Laura Chick Audit = the records are "mush" and "deeply flawed".
ROGUE METHANE STALKS LA STREETS/ Frank Snepp Exclusives
2016 Porter Ranch Leak Raises Concerns Elsewhere
In the early 1990's Patricia McPherson, President of Grassroots Coalition, became concerned about oil and gas leaks in Playa del Rey, California. With the help and guidance of Dr. Bernard Endres, an oil field gas migration expert, author and attorney, her interest expanded into oil and gas fields throughout California and continues to this day.
Nathan Phillips, a pioneer of utilizing the PICARRO methodology of ambient methane air testing on streets in Boston, worked with Grassroots Coalition to provide the PICARRO graphics of ambient air methane monitoring for the Los Angeles basin. Above, is one graphic, among many in the Ballona Wetlands area, that reveal high levels of methane out-gassing along Jefferson Blvd. The catch basin, aka freshwater marsh, is seen above, showing the first skyrocketing levels/spikes of methane. The high levels/spikes continue across the Playa Vista site. To the west of Lincoln Blvd. larger spikes of methane can also be seen. (2014)
Infographic: Like Porter Ranch, neighborhoods in Playa del Rey, Montebello SIT NEAR aging gas wells |89.3 KPCC
Youth Seek Testimony From Exxon's Rex Tillerson in Federal Climate Lawsuit
Attorneys representing 21 young people in their federal climate lawsuit, sought to obtain testimony from ... READ MORE
Oil and Gas Related Material
Before she retired in 2014, Anneliese Anderle was a field engineer for the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermic Resources, which regulates oil drilling. She worked out of offices in Bakersfield, Cypress and Ventura, and for a while she was responsible for monitoring the massive natural gas storage field at Aliso Canyon.
Southern California Gas owns the facility, which distributes gas to 14 power plants and 21 million customers. In her years monitoring wells at Aliso Canyon, Anderle says she got to know the gas company as "a first-class operation."
Not long after plans were laid for the community of Porter Ranch half a century ago, an oil and gas well caught fire less than five miles away.
A company of Texas oil well firefighters stopped the 1968 blaze after six days.
Seven years later, as volunteers planted pines along hillsides of the growing community, the Texans were again on the scene to contain an even more ferocious blowout.
An August 2014 quake in Canada has been confirmed as being caused by fracking. We have included below the URL of the article at www.EcoWatch.com , where similar news can be email subscribed to, and a quote that includes the newspaper article of the www.VancouverNews.com
In 1954 U.S. Congress Document 389 created Marina del Rey from 950 acres of Ballona Wetlands. To compensate for the loss of marshlands (bird habitat) they promised:
Elected and agency officials, developers and counsel should take notice that they may be liable under these enforcement provisions of the Clean Water Act: Direct Discharge.
About Patricia McPherson. In 1989 Patrica started the Wetlands Committee for Sierra Club, Los Angeles Chapter. It focused on acquisition and preservation of the Ballona Wetlands. (In 2003-4 the wetlands were successfully purchased with public funding.) In 1993 she founded Grassroots Coalition (GR).
One story about California's 2015 Governor Brown in the newspaper LA Times today (December 12th, 2015) "Brown talks of drastic steps, perils at the Paris summit...and his legacy on climate" contains a quote worth considering "Instead of being a burden [climate change], it's really an opportunity to live lighter on the planet," he said during one event.
Watch Patricia McPherson video interview, published May 2014, of her efforts to document and have responsible city engineers fix a life threatening fire hazard on Miracle Mile, along Museum Row Wilshire Blvd, surrounding the Los Angeles La Brea Tar Pits.