Silver / 2016 / Press / Political

Porter Ranch Gas Blowout

  • Prize
    Silver in Book Proposal (Series Only)/Other, Silver in Press/Political
  • Photographer
    Hannah Benet

This series is about bringing visibility to an invisible environmental disaster that happened in my hometown: The Porter Ranch Gas Blowout. From October 2015- late February 2016, 100 million metric tons of methane and poisonous gasses spewed out of a blown out well behind our homes. Thousands of families had to relocate, schools were shut down, and people suffered from headaches, nausea, rashes, and uncontrollable nosebleeds. Porter Ranch looked exactly the same as it always did, but the air was toxic.This environmental disaster has a larger carbon footprint than the BP oil spill off the gulf coast; however, outside of the Porter Ranch bubble, people were (and still are) not aware that such a catastrophic event took place. These images were taken during the leak, and the subjects are from Porter Ranch and surrounding communities.