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October 25, 1989 | From Associated Press
Workers detected high levels of methane at the William Station Mine four days before an explosion there killed 10 men, a state inspector testified Tuesday. The air was 6% methane in one section of the mine when tested Sept. 9, but the high level of gas alone does not explain the blast, said Billy Smith, an inspector for the Kentucky Department of Mines and Minerals. "You had a 6% level on Saturday before the explosion," Smith said. "That is an explosive level and it didn't explode.
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February 8, 1989 | GEORGE RAMOS and STEPHEN BRAUN, Times Staff Writers
A powerful leak of underground methane gas Tuesday in the Fairfax District prompted officials to close more than 50 businesses in a shopping strip damaged in a 1985 gas explosion and take emergency action to pump water from beneath the highly pressurized area. Los Angeles Fire Department officials and state conservation authorities said they expected private work crews to begin pumping operations at dawn today to force water out of volatile pockets of methane gas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2000
A new probe into potential methane gas and earthquake problems at the controversial Playa Vista development site will delay action on $135 million in key public funding until at least next month, said City Councilman Mike Feuer. Developer Playa Capital learned Monday that a new review of environmental complaints would not be completed this week, as initially hoped. Instead, Feuer said, the matter will not be resolved until next month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1990 | FRANK MESSINA
An agreement by county planners to move a proposed methane gas burner away from a local housing tract was applauded this week by the City Council, which voted unanimously to send a letter to that effect to the county. The original site was within 4,000 feet of the Forster Ranch development. The new plan, outlined in a letter sent to the city by County Supervisor Thomas F.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1990 | JOHN PENNER
While the city decides how to deal with high levels of methane recently discovered beneath one of its properties, a portion of the land will be rented to an oil firm for up to 18 months. Under a license agreement the City Council approved Monday, the Angus Petroleum Corp. will pay the city $1,000 per month to use a 200-foot by 300-foot portion of the methane-tainted site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1990
Property owners near the Fairfax District intersection where methane gas exploded in 1985--and gathered again in near-explosive proportions last year--would be required to install gas relief wells under a measure backed Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council's budget committee. The council is expected to approve it. "Time is of the essence here.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1991
The state's first certified compressed methane engine will power new school buses in California beginning in September, the Air Resources Board said Tuesday. The engine, built by Tecogen Inc. of Waltham, Mass., will be used in 10 new school buses in Los Angeles, San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area, the board said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1989 | GEORGE RAMOS, Times Staff Writer
As crews began pumping out dangerous methane gas that forced the closure of 50 stores in the Fairfax District, Los Angeles building and safety officials said Wednesday that many homes and businesses required under a 1986 city law to install gas detection devices do not have them. Apparently, city officials said, only high-profile businesses along 3rd Street have the mandated detectors.
NEWS
May 2, 1985 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, Times Staff Writer
More than a month after a methane explosion rocked the Fairfax area, officials of the Los Angeles Unified School District have found high levels of the potentially dangerous gas under the asphalt-covered playground of nearby Hancock Park Elementary.
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