STOP the “Natural Gas Smell” plaguing Huntington Beach Residents
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Residents across Huntington Beach, CA know it all too well. While enjoying ocean breezes with windows open, all of a sudden you are hit with the overwhelming smell of natural gas. You think it is coming from within the home until you go outside and realize it is just as strong. Pretty soon you’re fighting an oncoming headache and locking yourself in the room least affected.
Everyone in my community who has experienced this “natural gas attack” rushes to call the Fire Department, So Cal Gas and AQMD, all of which give different answers as to the “source” of the smell. Some say it is coming from off-shore oil platforms, some say it is coming from the wetlands. They all say its harmless. My headaches tell me otherwise.
Here is what we know. Everyone who has experienced this odor describes it as, “The smell of natural gas”. We originally thought this was tert-Butylthiol, a chemical artificially added to natural gas (which is colorless and odorless out of the ground) in order to detect gas leaks.
We now know through research and monitoring by AQMD specific to this issue that the at least one offending chemical is Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S). Hydrogen Sulfide is a naturally occurring compound in "sour" natural gas, which reserves in Huntington Beach are known for. Community research on the frequency and timing of these events suggests the events are man-made, and that residents of Huntington Beach are the victims. The residents of Huntington Beach deserve answers.
Recent progress has been made, but more is needed. Seal beach community members made statements at the SCAQMD meeting on September 1, 2017, and AQMD responded during the meeting, as can be seen at this video (skip to 1:28:00)
The GOAL is to FORCE ATTENTION, ACCOUNTABILITY and ACTION against these GAS ATTACKS: to first identify the source and if man-made, to STOP THEM from plaguing the residents of Huntington Beach, CA with seemingly more and more frequent events.
I for one WILL NOT stand by and watch Huntington Beach turn into another Porter Ranch debacle, with falling property values and years of lawsuits.
Please sign this petition to stay involved. As a 12 year HB resident, I plan on raising as many signatures as possible over the next months, then taking these signatures to the City Council and the HB Environmental Board to force continued attention, accountability and action on the issue.
Getting involved with this petition keeps you connected to the process, and if residents do have to make a stand against the perpetrator of these attacks, we will be organized and ready to defend our clean air rights and save our ocean breezes.
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