Porter Ranch Gas Leak Still Not Under Control; State of Emergency Declared by California Governor

Porter Ranch Gas Leak Still Not Under Control; State of Emergency Declared by California GovernorNatural gas is still spewing out through leaks into the air, in the Porter Ranch neighbourhood making residents sick and forcing many to evacuate their homes. Methane, the most potent green house gas has been coming out of the leak since October.

Gov. Jerry Brown, who is one of the strongest advocate of reducing the green house gases and use of fossil fuels is in an awkward position. H effaces growing public anger with no sign of relief from plugging the leak. On Wednesday, he declared a state of emergency for the locality that supports approximately 30,000 residents. The neighbourhood is at the edge of the San Fernando Valley.

The residents are not only angry but have several questions to be answered. They want to know the reason why the Southern California Gas Company is not being able to plug the leak from its natural storage well. They also demand answers whether the utility company will recompense for the related health issues and the loss in property values.

Mitchell Englander, the Los Angeles city councilman representing Porter Ranch said, "This is the equivalent of the BP oil spill, except its on land, in a populated community. This is one of the most disruptive, catastrophic environmental events that I've seen. It's a truly chaotic crisis."