President Obama: Declare The Porter Ranch Gas Leak A National Disaster

Please add your name to this petition by Richard Mathews, a resident of Los Angeles County who has been fighting to protect Porter Ranch from the fossil-fuel industry, and whose family is directly affected by the ongoing climate disaster of the explosive natural gas leak at the SoCalGas Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Area.

 

"Dear President Obama: Declare Los Angeles County to be a national disaster area due to the massive fracked gas leak at the SoCalGas Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility."

I’m Richard Mathews and I live within smelling distance of the fracked natural gas leak that has been spewing methane and toxins into the Los Angeles air since at least October 23, coming from an underground storage area above the suburb of Porter Ranch and holding fracked natural gas imported from other states. The company responsible is Southern California Gas, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy.

I live four miles from the site of this toxic disaster—the largest natural gas leak in U.S. history—and can smell the nasty fumes. But it’s even worse for people like my 88-year-old mother, who lives with me and is suffering from headaches and nausea but who feels she is too old to handle relocation. Thousands of families have fled their homes, and many more are still getting sick. Others like my mother are on the waiting list to get air purifiers. The leak isn't expected to be fixed until Halliburton completes drilling a relief well around March.

Methane is an extremely potent greenhouse gas contributing to rapid warming—over 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. The greenhouse impact of this leak is the equivalent of the pollution from seven million cars or six coal-fired power plants. I’ve calculated that this leak spews more gas, by volume, into the atmosphere than the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster leaked oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

That global disaster troubles climate hawks like me. But equally worrisome, methane is highly explosive, and the chemicals mixed with the methane are making people sick. These include methyl mercaptan (the rotten-egg-smell they add to natural gas), benzene, radon, hydrogen sulfide, and a mist of crude oil. While the methane spreads around the world, these toxins stay close to the ground and accumulate in our valley.

On January 6, California Gov. Jerry Brown dropped by for an hour and declared it a disaster. Now, President Obama needs to meet with affected residents, understand the havoc wreaked by his pro-fracking policy, and declare the site a national disaster area.

President Obama’s national disaster declaration will help residents get tax benefits, mortgage relief, and federal resources to improve health—and help this nation to start fighting back against the out-of-control fracking industry.

Please add your name to mine today.

"Dear President Obama: Declare Los Angeles County to be a national disaster area due to the massive fracked gas leak at the SoCalGas Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility."

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  • Linda Nelson
    signed 2016-01-12 06:22:21 -0800
  • Frances Larson
    signed 2016-01-12 06:21:43 -0800
  • Victor Sytzko
    signed 2016-01-12 05:54:49 -0800
  • Brian Leonard
    signed 2016-01-12 05:50:45 -0800
  • Katherine Muller
    signed via 2016-01-12 05:49:33 -0800
  • Marcia Halligan
    signed 2016-01-12 05:31:06 -0800
  • Dennis Ledden
    signed 2016-01-12 05:24:41 -0800
    How long must they wait before someone pays attention?
  • Dave Garcia
    signed 2016-01-12 05:12:17 -0800
  • Audrey Lima
    signed 2016-01-12 05:11:24 -0800
    Saw this on Rachel… or was it Lawrence? Anyway, it’s VERY BAD.
  • Michael Hutson
    signed 2016-01-12 05:10:57 -0800
  • Douglas Hunt
    signed 2016-01-12 05:07:07 -0800
  • Ronald Lodato
    signed 2016-01-12 04:58:21 -0800
  • Michael Schuessler
    signed 2016-01-12 04:41:10 -0800
  • Carmen Druke
    signed 2016-01-12 04:36:22 -0800
  • Peter Westlake
    signed 2016-01-12 04:33:33 -0800
  • Benita J. Campbell
    signed 2016-01-12 04:33:14 -0800
  • Dmitry Landa
    signed 2016-01-12 04:31:48 -0800
  • Amy Harlib
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  • Amy Harlib
    @amyharlib tweeted link to this page. 2016-01-12 04:27:50 -0800
    Sign the petition: President Obama: Declare The Porter Ranch Gas Leak A National Disaster http://www.climatehawksvote.com/porter_ranch_fracking_disaster?recruiter_id=1831079
  • Amy Harlib
    signed 2016-01-12 04:27:39 -0800
  • R. Peter Burnham
    signed 2016-01-12 04:27:13 -0800
  • Roger Messenger
    signed 2016-01-12 04:24:33 -0800
    Stopping this leak needs to be declared to be a national emergency. The cause of the leak needs to be known and action needs to be taken to prevent any future leaks.
  • Nancy Beavers
    signed 2016-01-12 04:16:33 -0800
  • Lenore Sivulich
    signed 2016-01-12 03:51:21 -0800
  • William Shields
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  • Jamie McGonagill
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  • Steven Kostis
    @sonofsplendidsq tweeted link to this page. 2016-01-12 03:16:56 -0800
    Sign the petition: President Obama: Declare The Porter Ranch Gas Leak A National Disaster http://www.climatehawksvote.com/porter_ranch_fracking_disaster?recruiter_id=1833458
  • Steven Kostis
    signed 2016-01-12 03:16:36 -0800
  • Patricia Pruitt
    signed 2016-01-12 03:14:40 -0800
  • Ken Berry
    signed 2016-01-12 03:14:25 -0800