Sometimes the issues literally come right to your doorstep. Huntington Beach residents have been subjected more and more often in the last several months to city sized fumes of a "natural gas odor" coming in with the ocean breeze. The smell and concentration is paralyzing, bring on headaches, respiratory issues and sending you running to close up all the windows.
After another one of these "gas attacks" yesterday (the third in two weeks), my neighbors and I were fed up. And apparently I'm not alone. Since early this AM, the change.org petition I created on the topic has received over 280 signatures, mostly from HB residents who are commenting about the effect the "attacks" has had on them and their families.
On social media some are commenting this is a natural phenomenon. To that I say natural gas is an odorless, colorless substance until a vile sulfur based agent called mercaptan is added by gas processors, which is exactly what it smells like when one of these attacks come on. So, if you still think it is a natural phenomenon, prove it. My evidence suggests otherwise.
The goal of this petition is to get as many signatures and emails attached to it as possible over the next several weeks. I will then present this to the Huntington Beach City Council, the HB Environmental Board and other stakeholders such as AQMD in an organized effort to (1) understand where these attacks are coming from (2) understand who is responsible and (3) stop them.
Please please please support this petition if you can. There is power in numbers: