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Coastal Stench May By Byproduct Of Large Release Of Methane
CBSLA.com ^ | March 3, 2013 12:54 PM

Posted on 03/03/2013 3:21:57 PM PST by BenLurkin

SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say a foul odor that spurred calls to fire departments throughout the city on Sunday is possibly the result of the large release of methane in the Santa Monica Bay.

Santa Monica Fire said in a department statement that they believe the strong odor was caused by a naturally occurring methane leak below the ocean floor.

“This morning there was a large release of natural ocean floor methane released in the Santa Monica Bay,” the statement said. “This methane is not toxic and dissipates quickly.”

Sam Atwood, a spokesman for the Air Quality Management District (AQMD), said his agency has not confirmed that theory.

Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Fire Department, said the odor was noted inland from the Santa Monica Bay.

Last September, a widespread sulfurous stench that blanketed parts of the Southland was apparently traced back to a biological occurrence on the landlocked Salton Sea.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: california; earthquake; earthquakecoming; losangeles; methane; odor; saltonsea; santamonica

1 posted on 03/03/2013 3:22:02 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

The government needs to DO SOMETHING!!


2 posted on 03/03/2013 3:23:26 PM PST by Dr. Pritchett
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To: BenLurkin

Link to the earlier stench story: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2929130/posts


3 posted on 03/03/2013 3:24:24 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: EveningStar

SoCal ping


4 posted on 03/03/2013 3:25:16 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Release of methane:
AlGore is on a boat off the coast?


5 posted on 03/03/2013 3:28:26 PM PST by mkmensinger
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To: BenLurkin

He who smelt it, dealt it.


6 posted on 03/03/2013 3:28:49 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin

So.... LA farted?


7 posted on 03/03/2013 3:29:48 PM PST by REDWOOD99 ("Everyone should pay taxes. Everyone should pay the same rate.)
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To: BenLurkin

"'Scuse me!"

8 posted on 03/03/2013 3:30:22 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: BenLurkin

Methane is odorless. Sulfur dioxide, a component of natural gas or swamp gas. Do reporters ever get anything right?


9 posted on 03/03/2013 3:32:02 PM PST by Procyon (Decentralize, degovernmentalize, deregulate, demonopolize, decredentialize, disentitle.)
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To: Yaelle

michael moore swimming again? if it’s not a nayural release it could have mercaptan added for the smell


10 posted on 03/03/2013 3:36:24 PM PST by bravo whiskey (“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”)
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To: bravo whiskey
michael moore swimming again?

Have they put out the tsunami warnings, yet?

11 posted on 03/03/2013 3:37:21 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin

The methane bubble wells up off Redondo Beach from time to time. I live in Torrance, right next door. One day I noticed a natural gas smell and also that the gas stove flames were higher and more active, somehow. I called the Gas Co. and was told about the bubble. The Gas Co. had enough calls that they could track its movement by noting the location and timing of the households that had called them.

So, yeah. The ocean passes gas from time to time.


12 posted on 03/03/2013 3:38:06 PM PST by married21
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To: BenLurkin

Is Michelle perhaps vacationing in the area?


13 posted on 03/03/2013 3:40:12 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: BenLurkin

Santa Monica Bay farted?


14 posted on 03/03/2013 3:41:07 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: BenLurkin

Was Moochelle in the area today?


15 posted on 03/03/2013 3:41:07 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican, no Conservative was on the ballot.)
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To: Procyon

Pure methane is odorless. In nature it is very seldom pure.


16 posted on 03/03/2013 6:55:31 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: BenLurkin

OK Florida has sinkholes and Cal has gas.

Maybe flyover country isn’t so bad after all....


17 posted on 03/03/2013 6:57:50 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Procyon

Actually, if the source is biological it’s more likely to be H2S than SO2.

Though there are a number of sulfur gases and none of them smell nice.


18 posted on 03/03/2013 7:13:18 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: BenLurkin

Just watched a show about the Permian Mass Extinction when 90% of all life on Earth was killed, allegedly by methane releases from the sea floor...


19 posted on 03/03/2013 7:19:27 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: BenLurkin

Just watched a show about the Permian Mass Extinction when 90% of all life on Earth was killed, allegedly by methane releases from the sea floor...


20 posted on 03/03/2013 7:19:44 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: BenLurkin

Probably the stinking corrupt politicians.


21 posted on 03/03/2013 7:34:08 PM PST by Wisconsinlady (When will the rest of America's citizens wake up to the Obamanation?)
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To: BenLurkin

Methane is odorless.

When they stopped offshore drilling, toxic gas releases increased dramatically. There is lots of pressure in those offshore oil fields, and drilling is absolutely necessary to keep the beaches and air clean.


22 posted on 03/03/2013 7:42:24 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: married21

Your post makes no sense at all.


23 posted on 03/03/2013 7:46:47 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: mrsmith

>> “allegedly by methane releases from the sea floor...” <<

.
Actually from the Genesis 6 judgment.


24 posted on 03/03/2013 7:49:59 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor

Sorry. I swear I was sober when I wrote it. And it still makes scents to me, if you catch my drift.

Our area, the South Bay, does indeed experience the occasional gas bubble, which wells up from the ocean off the coast of Redondo Beach, and drifts inland. The Daily Breeze (local newspaper) has reported on it.

And I really did notice it around my house, in the way I described it. And the Gas Co. really did get reports that were in a geographical pattern that made it clear which way the gas was drifting.

That’s the real scoop!


25 posted on 03/03/2013 8:10:13 PM PST by married21
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To: BenLurkin

California gets these natural gas bubbles because they stopped their offshore drilling which in the past would relieve the underground pressure.

If you don’t drill it to put it into a pipeline, then nature belches it up into the atmosphere, instead.


26 posted on 03/03/2013 8:17:05 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: married21

Gas delivery is normally provided by a closed, managed system not subject to the environmental anomalies you’re describing.


27 posted on 03/03/2013 8:19:58 PM PST by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: married21

You mentioned in your earlier post you could smell the gas.

Natural gas has no smell,it is added.

.


28 posted on 03/03/2013 8:33:15 PM PST by Mears
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To: Gene Eric

Right.

This wasn’t normal.

The flames in the burners on my gas range were burning taller and livelier than normal and there was a gas smell in the house. This has never occurred before, or since, at my house. But it was occurring in numerous nearby houses also that day, according to the Gas Co. And it was an interesting, but harmless, phenomenon they said.

(I’m not crazy I tell you! Please, you’ve got to believe me! Get that straight jacket away from me!! Noooooo!!) :)


29 posted on 03/03/2013 8:41:45 PM PST by married21
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To: BenLurkin

Just Holy Mother Gaia farting in California’s face. Fortunately, H. M. Gaia is not a frat jock and no deliberate ignition of gas occurred.


30 posted on 03/03/2013 8:43:56 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."..)
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To: Mears

Well, the press and the Gas Co. were calling it a methane bubble. All I can guess is that either it is not pure methane, and some stinky odors of a different compound get released with the methane when it comes up, or we are calling the gas bubble by an incorrect name, because it is made of something other than methane entirely.


31 posted on 03/03/2013 8:50:18 PM PST by married21
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To: BenLurkin; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

At first I wondered if the California legislature was in session, but then realized, this happened nowhere near Sacramento. Thanks BenLurkin.


32 posted on 03/05/2013 5:58:49 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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