Colorado and California: Getting Gassed Together

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In the past few weeks, something truly unusual happened here in Colorado. It wasn’t that the Arctic Vortex had taken up residence in the state. The temperature at the North Pole, at least for a moment, was warmer than the prevailing temperatures along Colorado’s front range.

Air regulators sue SoCal Gas over months-long well leak

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Regional air regulators sued the Southern California Gas Co. on Tuesday, seeking penalties that could surpass $25 million for a monthslong natural gas leak that is blamed for sickening neighbors and has prompted a mass evacuation of a San Fernando Valley neighborhood.

Fracking fears raised by U.K. methane gas study

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Research on the amount of gas leaked from onshore oil and gas wells raises “serious questions” over the development of fracking in the UK, Greenpeace has said. Around a third of former onshore oil and gas wells are leaking methane gas, according to the research led by scientists at the University of Durham.



Interactive: The most polluted states in America

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Nebraska is on the list of most polluted states in America. See how it stacks up with those even more polluted and what the statistics show about pollution here. Using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HealthGrove analyzed average daily fine particulate matter (ug/m3) from 2003 to 2011.

Global mercury emissions down 30 percent as coal use drops: USGS

WASHINGTON Global emissions of mercury from manmade sources fell 30 percent from 1990 to 2010, in part from decreasing use of coal, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported on Wednesday. The greatest decline of the toxic pollutant was in Europe and North America, offsetting increases in Asia, the agency said, citing an international study.

Gas Company Understated Benzene Exposure From California Leak

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The company that owns the leaking natural gas well in Los Angeles understated the number of air samples showing higher-than-usual levels of benzene, The Associated Press reports. Adding to concerns over the disaster, efforts to stop the leak appear to have destabilized the well, the Los Angeles Times reports, raising the risk of a blowout.


The Company Behind LA’s Methane Disaster Knew Its Well Was Leaking 24 Years Ago

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Last fall, a 7-inch injection well pipe ruptured 500 feet below the surface of Los Angeles, after ferrying natural gas for six decades. The resulting methane leak is now being called one of the largest environmental disasters since the BP oil spill, has pushed thousands of people out of their homes, and has quickly become the single biggest contributor to climate change-causing greenhouse gas emissions in California.