Methane gas, spewing into the atmosphere is causing health issues for residents. The Gas company has downplayed the symptoms, claiming there is nothing truly wrong, it is more in the heads of the residents and nothing to be concerned about. But sever headache, respiratory issues such as increased asthma and nosebleeds are something to be concerned about and the long term effects of methane exposure is unknown.
So. Cal Gas, in the meantime, stated they were, “providing air filters for people’s homes,” but though “the odor added to the leaking gas can cause symptoms for some, the gas is not toxic and county health officials have said the leak does not pose a long-term health risk.”
But, as the Los Angeles Daily News reported on December 25, “Los Angeles County health officials said prolonged exposure to trace chemicals, some of which are known carcinogens, can cause long-term health effects.” Nevertheless, they also “cautioned that levels examined so far here are not believed to be associated with long-term health problems.”
The only way to truly protect one’s family is to get the heck out of dodge, far out of dodge, as capturing an invisible gas is quite impossible.
I will tell you, this goes well beyond Porter Ranch. We’ve had complaints from as far as Chatsworth, Northridge, and Granada Hills,” emphasized Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander during a Porter Ranch town hall meeting on December 28. “Apparently this plume of toxic chemicals and whatever it might be, doesn’t know zip codes […] This is the equivalent of the BP oil spill on land, in a populated community.”
One sad, but sure way of demonstrating how unhealthy these fumes actually are is in observing the animals in the effected area.
Veterinarian Dr. David Smith noted he has seen dozens of sickened animals, “I’ve seen dogs, cats, birds, pocket pets… the primary symptoms I’ve seen are gastrointestinal vomiting […]These are not things you should be inhaling.” He added, “We have seen dermatological issues as well, some very unusual bacterial infections in dogs,” including one case in which a dog had such an infection on its face, and “the client developed almost the exact same kind of symptoms soon after that […] their physician thinks it’s related [to exposure from the gas leak] and so I tend to think these correlations are real.”
So citizens of Porter Ranch, escaping to Los Angeles is not a safe distance, and with the shift of the wind, brought on by El Nino, no one really can say exactly where one will be able to breath easy again.
Source: Zero Hedge