America’s Worst Gas Leak & The Last Rohingya Fighters: VICE News Tonight Full Episode (HBO)

This is the Oct. 24, 2017, FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO.

Two years ago, the Aliso Canyon gas facility in Los Angeles was at the center of the worst gas blowout in U.S. history when a ruptured well released toxic chemicals. The site has since reopened, but while officials and experts disagree on whether there is a link between the blowout and long-term health issues, residents have their own thoughts.

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Could The Worst Gas Leak In U.S. History Be Causing Health Problems? (HBO)

Two years after the largest methane blowout in U.S. history, residents in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles are still in the dark about the long-term effects on their health. There is no comprehensive health study in sight, and people in the community fear that their concerns will go unheard.

When well SS-25 at the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility sprung a leak back on October 23rd, 2015 it released almost 100,000 metric tons over the course of four months (that’s equivalent to 7.8 million metric tons of C02 – or emissions from almost 2 million cars) . Along with methane, many other toxins, such as benzene, were released and have been found in the homes of residents in Porter Ranch. State and local agencies stated that levels of toxins residents were exposed to, “are not expected to cause a significant increase in overall risk of health effects from either short-term or long-term exposure”, however few agencies are willing to state conclusively that there are no long-term health risks.

According to scientists like UCLA professor Michael Jarrett, this is because there is not enough scientific evidence to prove this. He said that it is important to conduct a comprehensive study to determine if residents are still getting sick from the blowout. And while the company responsible for the blowout, SoCalGas, agreed to fund $1million for a health study it fell short of the $13 to 46 million that experts, politicians, and county health officials think a proper study would cost.

A local health practitioner, Dr. Nordella,who became alarmed at the amount of complaints his patients were reporting to him decided to test residents himself for toxic exposures. His results have left many in the community alarmed.

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Crude L.A.: California’s Urban Oil Fields

For nearly four months, the Aliso Canyon methane leak just north of Los Angeles spewed several thousand metric tons of potent greenhouse gases into the air before it was finally sealed in February. The disaster displaced residents, forced schools to close, and incited widespread distrust in the local government’s regulation of the oil and gas industry.

Few people realize that Los Angeles was actually built on oil. The Aliso Canyon natural gas facility is just one of thousands of oil and gas drilling and storage sites located in and around the city, which is also home to the country’s largest urban oil field. Thousands of wells dot the cityscape, and many operate in highly populated, low-income neighborhoods.

VICE News visited Los Angeles, California to investigate how carcinogenic fumes from urban oil drilling are affecting local communities.

Read “This Could Be One of the Greatest Hurdles for Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the US” – http://bit.ly/1TvlK1J

Read “LA’s Methane Leak Was the Biggest in US History” – http://bit.ly/1rptfP3

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Crude L.A.: California’s Urban Oil Fields (Trailer)

For nearly four months, the Aliso Canyon methane leak just north of Los Angeles spewed several thousand metric tons of potent greenhouse gases into the air before it was finally sealed in February. The disaster displaced residents, forced schools to close, and incited widespread distrust in the local government’s regulation of the oil and gas industry.

Few people realize that Los Angeles was actually built on oil. The Aliso Canyon natural gas facility is just one of thousands of oil and gas drilling and storage sites located in and around the city, which is also home to the country’s largest urban oil field. Thousands of wells dot the cityscape, and many operate in highly populated, low-income neighborhoods.

VICE News visited Los Angeles, California to investigate how carcinogenic fumes from urban oil drilling are affecting local communities.

Read “Record LA Gas Leak Could Bring Summer Blackouts to Southern California” – http://bit.ly/1SdN31s

Read “LA’s Methane Leak Was the Biggest in US History” – http://bit.ly/1rptfP3

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