February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

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Study: California Leak Was Top Methane Release in US History

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A natural gas leak that sickened Los Angeles residents and forced thousands from their homes was the largest known release of climate-changing methane in U.S. history, scientists reported Thursday. The 16-week blowout from a well at a Southern California Gas Co. storage facility spewed 107,000 tons of the powerful greenhouse gas methane, according to a study published in the journal Science. While preliminary figures from the study were previously reported, the article includes final results and puts the leak in context with other disasters and other sources of global warming. The findings are important as the state moves forward with plans to make SoCalGas mitigate the

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