Scientists say Aliso Canyon Methane leak was the Biggest in the History of United States
On Thursday, researchers reported that the methane leak which continued for months at the Aliso Canyon storage field was the largest known accidental natural gas release, in the history of the United States. The incident forced thousands of residents in the surrounding areas to leave their homes. According to the scientists, the massive methane release equals almost to the emissions from about 600,000 cars on a yearly basis.
Published in the journal Science, the study by the researchers represents the first broad report to quantify the month's long gas leak which also sickened several people and forcing temporary relocation of residents from Porter Ranch located close to the gas field. The ruptured pipe under the ground was discharging 60 tons per hour of natural gas at its peak. That amounted to almost double the methane emission which the total Los Angeles metropolitan area generate.
Methane is much stronger than carbon dioxide as a green house gas as it persists for ten years in the atmosphere. The leakage is expected to have considerable amount of impact in climate change.
The study said, "Aliso Canyon will have by far the largest climate impact and will substantially impact the state of California greenhouse gas emission targets for the year."
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