At the end of last year I was fortunate to work on assignment for Newsweek Magazine about the massive gas leak in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles, where an estimated 97,100 tonnes of methane and 7,300 tonnes of ethane was released into the atmosphere, making it the worst natural gas leak in U.S. history in terms of its environmental impact.
Residents fled their homes in the affluent neighborhood after smells and health problems were reported. To this day, there are questions if it is safe to return and efforts are continuing to permanently close the SoCalGas Aliso Canyon Storage Facility.
An excerpt from the online story and video that made me chuckle:
“The next day, I met Pakucko in Bee Canyon Park, in a community directly east of Porter Ranch that is called Granada Hills. SoCalGas denied my request to visit SS-25, but Pakucko said we could at least get a good view of the relief well if we hiked to a nearby hill. It seemed like a good way to spend the afternoon, though it occurred to me very quickly that by “hike,” he had not meant “leisurely stroll.” Both he and the Newsweek photographer came prepared, with winter wear, backpacks, snacks and flashlights. I recalled with some trepidation that mountain lions are known to roam the outer edges of Los Angeles.”
One never knows what the day might hold, but I enjoy being prepared and physically able to handle challenging environments – especially with a bunch of camera gear! Since the videographer was unable to hike up the mountain, I had to provide the additional video footage for her story.