Los Angeles, in particularly the Porter Ranch area have been overcome by a massive underground gas leak first reported October 23rd. The methane gas leak has meant that thousands have had to leave their house to get away from the sickening leak. Estimates of when it will be fixed, predict no earlier than March. Reports this week suggest that the gas is reaching areas of LA not taken into consideration. It is being documented at the largest methane leakage in history.

The gas has been linked to health problems such as headaches, nausea and nosebleeds, as well as other symptoms and emits a horrible smell. There are also fears for the environment as methane is seen as one of the major contributors to global warming.http://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/gases/ch4.htm SoCalGas say as the leak is a mile from the nearest house it doesn’t pose an immediate threat and that they anticipate spending $50 million a month in order to cap the leak and up to $7,500 a month for each of the 4,500 families having to be rehoused, until maybe as late as April.

The conditions are extremely dangerous for the crew working on the leak, there have been 7 or more attempts to cap it already and each attempt might be weakening the well. There are fears of a massive “blowout”. The capping process involves pouring a muddy mixture into it. The blowout would mean that gas would be shot straight up the well, rather than being dispersed along the shafts, causing  fire hazard as the gas is flammable. In the right conditions methane can be highly explosive. http://news.yahoo.com/things-know-12-week-old-000732938.htmlhttp://scifun.chem.wisc.edu/chemweek/methane/methane.html

Writing Tasks
It is 1000 years in the future, the planet is full of methane after fracking became the only way of extracting fuel in the 21st century.http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/12/methane/lavelle-text. http://www.dailynews.com/environment-and-nature/20160113/regulators-probing-whether-fracking-was-connected-to-aliso-canyon-gas-well-leak Free write.http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/14RCDJGGVbf64qP1s4dwz98/what-happens-if-we-run-out-of-oil (15-20 minutes).

Write a poem about fracking or the gas leak in LA. (15-20 minutes).

Happy Writing!

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