Porter Ranch Gas Blowout No. 2

PhotographerHannah Benet
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryLos Angeles, United States
Photo DateJanuary 2016
Entry Description

This is LJ, a resident of Porter Ranch, CA. From October 2015 to late February 2016, approximately 100,000 metric tons of methane spewed out own a blown out well at the Aliso Canyon storage facility in Porter Ranch. Initially the gas company said that the gas was harmless. Then residents started experiencing symptoms including rashes, nausea, headaches, and severe nosebleeds. Children were especially vulnerable. Eventually schools were shut down and families were relocated for several months. The carbon footprint of the Porter Ranch Gas Blowout is bigger than the BP oil spill; however, the incident has received little media attention. Since the blowout was sealed, residents have still been getting sick. The facility has had several accidents since the blowout including leaking wells and brush fires.