Volume 94 Issue 9 | Latest News
Web Date: February 25, 2016

SoCal methane leak was largest in U.S. history

Scientists begin quantifying the effects of the Aliso Canyon disaster
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Analytical SCENE
Keywords: environment, methane leak, gas well, Aliso Canyon, CO2

Engineers earlier this month finally capped the massive methane leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in Southern California. The leak had spewed the potent greenhouse gas into the atmosphere for more than three months.

Now scientists, engineers, and policy-makers are assessing the disaster’s ramifications, with one research team publishing a report that concludes the methane release was the largest in U.S. history (Science 2016, DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf2348).

The team, which was led by . . .

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