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By Lumistar's Chief Scientist

February 15, 2016

First Aerial Infrared Footage of L.A. Natural Gas Leak

Thousands of residents from upscale community Porter Ranch, California, as suburb of Los Angeles, have been relocated after becoming sickened by nearby massive gas leak that began in October 2015. The natural gas well was originally an oil field but was quickly depleted over a 60 plus year span. In the 1970s, the land’s owners pumped in natural gas into the empty well to be stored and later used when prices were higher. As nearby residents began experiencing nausea, nosebleeds, dizziness, and headaches the utility provider SoCalGas allegedly informed local authorities 3 days after detection according to court documents. The residents were initially told they were feeling sick from the rotten-egg smell added to the natural gas which is used to alert customers when they have a gas leak in their home as natural gas is odorless, but it was further revealed that compounds that can cause cancer, for example benzene, were elevated beyond their legal limits. Residents and media took to using infrared cameras to show the dramatic effect of the gas leak, as well as to provide peace of mind when it is resolved. By adding a special filter and using a specific bandwidth of the infrared spectrum, infrared cameras can detect gases including natural gas in the atmosphere to be shown in the visible spectrum. The above video was taken with a special infrared camera from a helicopter showing what is invisible to the naked eye or traditional cameras. SoCalGas has been working on building a new relief well adjacent to the broken well to siphon the gas to a new receptacle, after which time the old well will be filled with mud and sealed with cement. The leak was stopped last week, but the families won’t start moving back to nearby homes until state authorities have certified that cement pumped into the well has permanently plugged it.

Update: On February 17, SoCalGas pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from the ruptured well in California that leaked for weeks. The complaint brought by the county district attorney includes three counts of failing to report the release of a hazardous material and one count of discharge of air contaminants. If convicted, the company could be fined up to $1,000 per day for air pollution violations and up to $25,000 for each of the three days it didn’t notify the state office of emergency services of the leak.

September 24, 2012

Infrared Satellite Technology Used to Harvest Grapes

Wine growers in the south of France are using infrared camera technology (NIR) in satellites to observe their vines as they ripen, leading to targeted harvesting, getting the plant to bottle at perfect timing, the correct ripeness per type of wine, and a higher quality product. [See video.]

November 14, 2009

How Infrared Thermal Imaging Works…

Thermal imaging technology explained by Dr. Michelle Thaller at Caltech.

November 6, 2009

Better Service…

For me, bike trips have never been about riding from Point A to Point B. My buddies and I far prefer the explorative method of riding.  Rather than being blown off the bigger “red roads” by the noise and dust of passing semis, we seek out the serenity and the quiet of remote alpine valleys on the smaller “white roads” –views of massive rock faces and glaciers at every turn.  We’ve carried road bikes on our shoulders over high mountain passes, slid down vast glaciers along side our bicycles, and stumbled upon many quaint villages.

As with our cycling epics, it is the winding road –not the destination –that drives Lumistar.  It’s a simpler, more rewarding style of riding — and doing business.  From our people, to our products, to our planet, it is  on the smaller “white road” that we choose to travel.

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April 5, 2008

Welcome to Lumistar’s New Blog!

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This is a blog edited by the Executive Director of Lumistar.  Future updates will include industry news, security information, industrial safety issues, and updates about Lumistar the company.

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