We know about the monster under the bed, and how parents tell kids “there’s no such thing.” The invisible is not supposed to scare, but when the invisible is a gas that is making the atmosphere insufferable, then it’s time to scream.
It’s time to make noise because Los Angeles, CA is in an environmental crisis, big time.
Imagine this: a natural gas providing building in the Aliso Canyon run by the Southern California Gas (SoCal Gas) Company starts leaking gas.
No one can see it but there’s a scent of rotten eggs (an added odorant). Employees discover there’s a gas leak and think, we can fix this.
Methane is an invisible and odorless chemical. It’s a compound formed from carbon and hydrogen known as CH4. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), methane is produced both naturally and through humans. In wetlands, methane is produced in high quantities, and in a smaller proportions, in oceans and volcanoes. Humans are responsible for the release of greater methane levels through natural gas and petroleum systems, the raising of domestic livestock, and waste from buildings. Methane has a lifetime of 12 years in the atmosphere, which is awfully long for a gas that can absorb radiation that pollutes air quality.
“Now look at the reality: February 2016 and people have moved to hotels because home means red eyes, hard breathing, and long-term hazardous health issues.”