LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer and City Councilmember Mitchell Englander today called on the California Public Utilities Commission and the Department of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources to each immediately begin an investigation into the gas leak at Southern California Gas’s Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility.
“The residents and business owners of Porter Ranch should not continue to be subjected to an unabated gas leak that threatens public health and undermines their quality of life," said City Attorney Feuer. “We stand ready to work with all state and local agencies to find a swift solution to this serious problem.”
"Due to the severity of the leak and the now-known short-term health effects as well as the lack of certainty with respect to when or even if a workable solution is imminent, an immediate investigation into the Southern California Gas Company's handling of this situation has become essential," said Councilmember Mitchell Englander. "With over 200 residents relocated and unable to enjoy Thanksgiving in their own homes, this situation is beyond intolerable."
In letters sent to each of the regulatory agencies, Feuer and Englander request immediate investigations into the leak, development of an action plan for mitigation, and an expedient determination of what remedies are available to alleviate the serious impacts to residents in the Porter Ranch area. Since October 23, 2015 when the leak began, residents have experienced continuous headaches, nose bleeds, dizziness, and other adverse health-related symptoms.