[ RadSafe ] Apparently large amount of Radon in Natural Gas Release near Los Angeles

Maury maurysis at peoplepc.com
Tue Jan 12 10:23:27 CST 2016

Natural gas is lighter than air.  I have used it often over the years to 
fly homemade balloons! <g>  Not as good as H or He, but it works fine 
for toys and, of course, it flares great.

One interesting reference re radon content is:

Maury&Dog  [maurysis at peoplepc.com]

On 1/11/2016 9:42 PM, Joseph Preisig wrote:
> Radsafe/Roger:
>        Don't know what the radon levels are in the natural gas.  Maybe some
> HP should go in and take a sample for counting at the gas well.  Wear Scott
> Air Pack???  Count the samples and let all concerned know.
>       I don't know if the natural gas is heavier than air.  If so, it could
> fill in a little valley in California and choke off all the life in such a
> valley.  The radon is a secondary threat.
>       There are people who are proficient in capping natural gas wells in
> the petroleum industry.  Someone call them.  The gas well isn't on fire,
> right???  Is there a well head or well casings in place.  If necessary,
> pour a concrete base around the well and let it harden.  This might keep
> gas from getting out through the soil around the well.  Call BP ---they
> capped a well underwater in the Gulf of Mexico a while ago, remember???
>       The procedure is fairly simple if some sort of well head is above
> ground.  Make a capping pipe which will closely fit over the well head.
> There should be a working big valve assembly at the top of the capping
> pipe.  The capping pipe is placed with a crane or whatever above the well
> head.  It may be necessary to have side ropes for people to hold the
> capping pipe in place.  The valve should be open.  Once the capping pipe is
> in place, attach via screws or whatever the capping pipe to the well head.
> Do not weld it in place???!!!
>       Once the capping pipe is in place firmly, slowly close the valve and
> avoid sparking.  Once the valve is closed, make the well head to capping
> pipe attachment assembly stronger.   There, DONE???  Repeat process if it
> doesn't work the first time.
>       Joe Preisig
> On Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 10:10 PM, Roger Helbig <rwhelbig at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Here is NY Times article on the gas leak from a storage well that has
>> been leaking since October and has led to Governor Brown declaring an
>> emergency.
>> http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/07/us/california-governor-declares-emergency-over-los-angeles-gas-leak.html

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