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July 28, 2000 | From Associated Press
Huge reservoirs of methane trapped beneath the ocean floor rapidly escaped during prehistoric global warming and depleted much of the sea's oxygen, according to new research into why many forms of life suddenly vanished 183 million years ago. The findings, reported in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature, shed new light, not only on the disappearance of as many as 80% of some deep-sea species, but also on a process suspected in other prehistoric mass extinctions.
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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
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.
NEWS
February 10, 1989 | GEORGE RAMOS, Times Staff Writer
The two-day methane gas emergency that shut down 50 businesses in the Fairfax District ended Thursday when flammable gas readings in the area dropped to zero, ending the danger of a potentially devastating explosion, Fire Department officials said. By early afternoon, a 1-mile stretch of 3rd Street was reopened and most stores began preparations to resume normal business this morning.
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