Methane Poisoning Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of methane exposure may include:
cognitive impairment (poor judgement, memory loss)
loss of motor coordination
flu-like symptoms (mental uneasiness, lethargy, discomfort)
SO CAL GAS LEAK IN PORTER RANCH-STILL UNCHECKED
OCTOBER 23 THRU 26, 2015
Prolonged or high-level exposure to natural gas causes flu-like symptoms including severe headaches, tiredness or fatigue, dizziness, and nausea. Victims of exposure might also appear confused, have difficulty remembering things, become irritable and have difficulties with physical coordination. Pets in the home can also demonstrate symptoms of natural gas exposure.
Methyl Mercaptan is the "odorant" that they never say anything about. All these years...who knew what that mysterious unnamed stuff was. Read the PDF from the U.S. Center for Disease Control below or view info on the government site here.
From the document:
Methyl mercaptan is highly irritant when it contacts moist tissues such as
the eyes, skin, and upper respiratory tract. It can also induce headache, dizziness, nausea,
vomiting, coma, and death.
Children exposed to the same levels of methyl mercaptan as adults may receive a larger dose
because they have a greater lung surface area:body weight ratios
Treatment of Exposures in a Health Care Facility
• Ocular exposures: Remove contact lenses, and irrigate exposed eyes with copious
amounts of room-temperature water or saline for at least 15 minutes.
• Dermal exposures: Remove contaminated clothing, and wash exposed area
thoroughly with soap and water. For frostbite, place affected area in a water bath
with a temperature of 40 to 42 degrees °C for 15 to 30 minutes until thawing is
• Inhalation exposures: Monitor patient for respiratory distress. If cough or
difficulty breathing develops, evaluate for respiratory tract irritation, bronchitis
or pneumonitis. Administer oxygen, and assist ventilation as required. Treat
bronchospasm with inhaled beta2 agonist and oral or parenteral corticosteroids.
The onset of acute lung injury may be delayed 24 to 72 hours after exposure.
Care should be taken to support respiration, prevent or treat pulmonary edema,
and to control seizures and hypertension.
REPORTING HEALTH ISSUES
REPORTING HEALTH ISSUES TO LA COUNTY
COUNTY HEALTH HAS NO IDEA HOW BAD THE HEALTH PROBLEMS CAUSED BY THE GAS LEAK ARE. LET'S LET THEM KNOW.
LA County Health Dept makes many of their decisions based on information they log from online reports and phone calls that they receive. If few people report, they think the problem is small. They are not seeing the social media that we all see here and do not take that into consideration. We need to report EVERY TIME we have symptoms we think are related to the #SoCalGasBlowout ...even if we are not sure.
It is time consuming and annoying and somewhat strange to report online to the health dept. every time we have the myriad of symptoms, but we must. Report each day you have symptoms. Report if your symptoms change as the day progresses. Let's give them all the info they need so they are CLEAR that the reassuring air monitor numbers DO NOT reflect what is actually going on with residents' health.
THIS WILL WEIGH HEAVILY ON THEIR DECISIONS
CALL: 1-800-CUT-SMOG ( 1-800-288-7664 ) This is the AQMD.
AND: FILE AN ONLINE COMPLAINT /
E-MAIL US THE COMPLAINT NUMBER CONFIRMATION
FIRST: CALL 1-800-CUT-SMOG to file a complaint with the AQMD. Right away in real-time when you smell the gas. Get your neighbors and friends in the area that smell it to do the same. Yes call them, text them, wake them. It's important. Each person must call each time and file separate reports. 1 person calling does NOT "cover the neighborhood" or anything like that. EACH person must call EACH time! THAT is the only thing that will make any difference.
Call the Gas Company if you think that your own home has a leak. AND call the AQMD ALSO in case you are mistaken.
More calls means something can be done. With not enough calls, they will do nothing.
In addition to calling 1-800-CUT-SMOG, please also file an online complaint. Those can be tracked, SPR will track them! It takes you about 3 minutes. We keep hearing that they don't get many complaints.
They must get 6 calls within 1 hour to come out and investigate. If they get 6 AND the inspector verifies the odor, AQMD can file enforcement action against SoCalGas. Anything less than the above, nothing will be done.
Here is some of the info you need for the form:
Complaint type: Odors
Description: use the "help" box to help fill it out in their format.
Business Name: So Cal Gas
Street Name/Cross Street: (give them the address): 12801 Tampa Ave, Porter Ranch, CA 91326
Be sure to hit "submit" and not "reset"…they look identical and are right next to each other.
You will get a COMPLAINT NUMBER when you are done: PLEASE SEND THAT NUMBER TO Save Porter Ranch so WE can log it in case the AQMD says they did not get the number of complaints needed to take action against the Gas Co. You will also get an email confirmation. Send us that if you trust us but what we need minimum is the complaint number. E-mail to: email@example.com
Unfortunately, their system is down a lot. If so, please check back later and file it as soon as their system lets you. Yes, it's a pain, but it the only way we can really stop this from happening.
who to contact
Please make complaint calls/letters/e-mails to the following
AND in the order listed:
United States Senator Diane Feinstein
LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger:
Jarrod DeGonia, Senior Field Deputy
21943 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
CA Governor Gavin Newsom
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti: 213-978-0600
Porter Ranch area LA City Councilmember John Lee, Council District 12
LA County Health Public Health Dept.
CA State Senator Henry Stern, Senate District 27:
Christy Smith, CA State Assembly District 38:
US Congressman Brad Sherman:
5000 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 420
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Phone: (818) 501-9200
US Congressman Mike Garcia:
23734 Valencia Boulevard
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Phone: (661) 568-4855
California Public Utilities Commission, CPUC (statewide regulating agency for utilities):
California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources ( DOGGR )
DOGGR is a government agency which issued emergency order against Sempra Energy/SoCalGas on 11/18/15:
DISTRICT 1 5816 Corporate Ave., Suite 100
Cypress, CA 90630-4731
Phone: (714) 816-6847,
Fax: (714) 816-6853