Saturday, July 16, 2016

There are reports this leak has been closed.

The State of California should condemn the site and permanently close and dismantle it. It is a public health issue that California needs to take seriously.

July 6, 2016
Crews recently discovered another leak (click here) at Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in Northridge.
Officials at the state’s Office of Emergency Services said in a hazardous materials spill update that the leak near well SS 10 is small, reported the Los Angeles Daily News.
“The cause of the release is currently under investigation by Southern California Gas Company crews,” the update dated July 2 said. “The release is outdoors and confined to the immediate area.”
Officials said the leak was detected during daily inspections with the use of instruments at or near the well and that no vapor cloud has been observed.
The report said the leak was caused by a failed threaded fitting on a 3-inch pipeline. Steps were underway to make repairs, but there was no estimate for the amount of gas released.
In late October, SoCalGas, a unit of San Diego-based Sempry Energy (NYSE: SRE) discovered a leak at one of 115 wells at its Aliso Canyon facility. The leak, which wasn’t sealed until Feb. 18, spewed massive amounts of gas into the air and forced the evacuations of thousands of Porter Ranch families who complained of headaches, nausea, nosebleeds and other symptoms.

July 7, 2016
By Nerissa Knight
Residents *click here) were renewing calls to shut down the Aliso Canyon storage facility after a new gas leak was recently reported. Nerissa Knight reports from Porter Ranch for the KTLA 5 Morning News on July 7, 2016....

Every time there is a leak the expense falls to the public. Additionally, there are now inspectors that have to be paid on a regular basis so the facility doesn't leak. This is the fault of the company, not the people.

July 13, 2016
By Sharon McNary
Los Angeles County (click here) will contest Southern California Gas Co.'s request that a judge void an order that the utility deep clean thousands of Porter Ranch homes affected by the massive natural gas leak that erupted last fall, a public health official said Wednesday.
So Cal Gas has already cleaned the homes of 1700 families who were displaced by the leak at its Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility. On Tuesday it asked an L.A. County Superior Court judge to void a May 13 L.A. County Department of Public Health order to clean any other homes in a 5-mile radius of the ruptured well where people reported symptoms such as headaches and nausea. 
That could include as many as 8,500 homes,  Public Health Interim director Cynthia Harding said in a July 11 letter to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.
"This is not an operator who appears to be interested in complying with the directives they've been issued," said Angelo Bellomo, Public Health's deputy director for health protection.  "It requires multiple discussions with them and often assistance from the courts."...

"Pokeymon Go" is a social menace and a danger to people.

There are also reports that two young men in California fell from a cliff, one nearly 60 feet, while playing the game.

July 15, 2016

Ledo, Ohio (AP) — Police say two people in Ohio (click here) have been arrested while playing "Pokemon Go" after they climbed over a fence at the Toledo Zoo.
The pair was arrested early Thursday after they were spotted on a zoo security camera.
Police say the two went over a fence near the zoo's tiger enclosure in search of the smartphone game's cartoon monsters.
Officers say the pair was walking through the zoo when they were caught. Both were charged with criminal trespass.
Twenty-five-year old Robin Bartholomy and 26-year-old Adrian Crawford, both of Toledo, are due in court Friday.
Court records do not list attorneys for them. A message seeking comment was left with Crawford. There was no telephone listing for Bartholomy.

"Pokemon Go" (click here)

June 13, 2016
By Bret Molina

"Beginner's Guide" (click here) 

...Once you boot up, you can choose to sign up through a Google account or the Pokémon Trainer Club. Earlier this week, the game's maker — Niantic — created a privacy stir when users learned the app was asking for full access to your Google account. They have since fixed that to limit what the app can access. If you are really concerned about it, you can either sign up through Pokémon Trainer Club or create a separate Google account just for the game....