Once again, the communists embedded in the government are trying to tell you how to live your life. In this video they are warning about surplus food that may wind up in landfills where they produce methane gas, a greenhouse gas said to be 20 times more potent than the carbon dioxide that they normally demonize. But say relatively little about a massive gas leak in Southern California that is spewing 1.200 tons of methane daily.

The warning video …

"Most people don't realize how much food they throw away every day — from uneaten leftovers to spoiled produce,” the EPA website states. “More than 96% of the food we throw away ends up in landfills ... Once in landfills, food breaks down to produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change,” the text states. “So, this holiday season, take steps to cut down your food waste."

“Before sitting down with friends and family this holiday season, consider the impact your meal can have on our planet,” the video, posted on Dec. 16, states.

“A typical American family of four throws out $1,600 of wasted food each year,” it continues.

It ends up in landfills where it rots and releases methane – a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide that contributes to climate change,” the narrator states while an image of a savage storm is shown.

“So this holiday season, buy only what you need,” the video states. “Donate your extra food to food banks and shelters and compost the trimmings.”

If they are so concerned about atmospheric methane, why is the EPA not on the scene or fining the politically-connected Sempra Energy’s Southern California Gas Company for a massive natural gas leak in their Aliso Canyon Storage Facility Project. It took a grandstanding congress member, Brad Sherman, to demand action from the EPA. This is an infrared shot showing the gas rolling over homes in Porter Ranch. To see the video



December 10, 2015

The Honorable Gina McCarthy
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20460

Dear Administrator McCarthy:

I am writing to request that the Environmental Protection Agency immediately investigate the unresolved gas leak at the Southern California Gas Co. natural gas storage facility in Aliso Canyon. I ask that the Environmental Protection Agency investigate the cause of the leak, and propose action to mitigate the threat to public health, and expedite the leak’s repair.

For over six weeks, noxious gas emanating from a leaking well has been sickening residents of the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles, causing headaches, nose bleeds and dizziness. A preliminary Environmental Health Assessment by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has confirmed the health threat, noting the “neurological, gastrointestinal, and respiratory symptoms that may result from the inhalation.” More than 2,800 residents have inquired about relocation and over 1,200 have already relocated. The situation will only worsen, as Southern California Gas Co. estimates that the leak could continue for months. 

The California Air Resources Board estimates that the leak is responsible for nearly 25% of California’s daily methane emissions; as you know, methane is an important cause of global climate change. I am also concerned about reports of radon gas and benzene being released into the air.

An immediate investigation has become necessary due to the prolonged period of the leak, the apparent health impacts, and the lack of certainty over when the leak can be stopped.

I am aware that 40 CFR § 68.3 excludes storage facilities from regulation under the Risk Management Program. However, we believe that 42 U.S. Code § 7603, which allows the EPA to “issue such orders as may be necessary to protect public health or welfare or the environment,” controls the determination here. A statutory provision inherently trumps any regulation. To be even clearer, the statue explicitly states, “Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the Administrator… may… take such other action as may be necessary.”

Accordingly, it seems clear that you have the statutory authority to:

  1. Commence an investigation,
  2. Determine all necessary steps to protect the environment and public health, and
  3. Require Southern California Gas Co. to implement all such steps.


Brad Sherman
Member of Congress

You will notice that Brad Sherman, one of the nation’s most pro-Obama and most outspoken progressive socialist democrats, did not mention any of the facts that are most troublesome …

On October 23, 2015, employees of the the Southern California Gas Company discovered a leak in their Aliso Natural Gas Storage facility located in the Porter Ranch ranch area, located approximately 25 miles northwest from downtown Los Angeles.

The source of the leak is a pipe in a breached 7-inch casing of well SS 25 that is 8,750 feet deep. It goes into an abandoned oil field that became the Aliso Canyon storage facility in the 1970s that can hold 86 billion cubic feet of natural gas and is the second largest storage facility of its kind in the United States.

Well SS 25 had been drilled in 1953 and was initially provided with a safety valve. The safety valve was removed in 1979 as it was old and leaking. As the well was not considered "critical", the removal of the valve did not require a replacement.

[Editor Note: Critical wells are located near homes, schools, and roads. The safety valve would have allowed well shutdown with a minimal expenditure of time and cost. There are a number of similarly situated wells and the possibility that other wells will experience problems in this seismically active area as time progresses is more likely than not.]

The well releases about 1,200 tons of methane every day. In terms of release of greenhouse gases, this output in a month has been compared to the equivalent of what 200,000 cars will emit in a year.

Initial attempts to close the well by pouring brine or heavy liquids down failed.In early December drilling of relief wells was started to intercept and plug the leaking well. A first relief well is estimated to be completed by February 24, 2016. According to SoCalGas a secondary relief well is planned to be drilled, and it was estimated that the repair of the leak could take until the end of March 2016.  <Source>

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Brad Sherman received PAC money in the amount of  $1000.00 from Sempra Energy (Gas) and $1000.00 from Edison International (Electric) in the current 2015-2016 election cycle. <Source> Sempra has spent $3,831,453 since 1992 on political contributions and $26,423,581 since 1998 in lobbying activities. <Source>

Sempra and their SoCalGas subsidiary is a careful and conservative company and appears to be reacting in an environmentally responsible manner. But look to the lawyers and the politicians to exploit the mishap for their own political and profitable advantage.

Bottom line …

When the EPA crosses the boundaries of the Food and Drug Administration and starts spending government money to tell you to minimize your leftovers lest they contribute to global warming, it is time to stop this out-of-control agency in its tracks.

-- steve

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