Will this be our new normal? We must take steps to ensure that a leak of this magnitude does not happen again. PLEASE SHARE.
Aging infrastructure is one of the biggest issues facing Americans today. Here in Porter Ranch, an old well had its safety valve removed in 1979 because it was old and leaking. The valve was never replaced. In October 2015 the major leak was detected, and there was no safety valve to stop the fumes from being released into our community. A valve is not currently required by law. Perhaps this will change. But why does a catastrophe of this magnitude have to take place in order to initiate common-sense policy changes?
We are not alone, and this issue of aging infrastructure is not unique. High levels of lead have leeched from aging pipes into the water supply in Flint, Michigan. We must address this issue of aging infrastructure, and we cannot allow these corporations to continue cutting corners. Our local, state, and federal governments need to STEP UP and properly regulate these companies who are operating for profits at the expense of OUR health and well-being.