City Attorney Feuer Announces that LA County is Joining Suit Against SoCal Gas Over Public Health Emergency at Porter Ranch Natural Gas Facility

January 11, 2016

LOS ANGELES - City Attorney Mike Feuer announced today that the County of Los Angeles has joined his suit against the Southern California Gas Company over the ongoing public health emergency at their natural gas facility near Porter Ranch.

 

“L.A. County joining our suit is an important development in our continued push to end this disaster, get relief for residents and ensure nothing like this happens again,” said Feuer.  "We need to work together, as a team, to solve tough problems.  That's just what's happening here."  
 
“We are pleased that the County will join in this action to pressure the Gas Company to stop the leak and hold them accountable to the residents of Porter Ranch,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

 
Feuer’s suit, which the County has joined, seeks to put into effect judicially enforceable steps including:

 

  • Ensuring the leak is repaired as quickly as possible.

  • Ensuring the causes of the leak, and the reasons for the inordinate delay in fixing it, are fully understood and action plans put in place to prevent a reoccurrence of this type of event.

  • Ensure that any systemic deficiencies in the operation of all wells and other infrastructure at the Aliso Canyon facility and similar storage facilities are appropriately addressed.

  • Address the consequences of the emission of a massive volume of greenhouse gas from this site into the environment.

  • Impose civil penalties.

 

Feuer won a Court order two weeks ago that speeds up relocation services, accommodates individuals with special needs, provides for additional LAPD patrols and covers costs for boarding pets.
 
On or about October 23rd So Cal Gas’ Aliso Canyon underground gas storage facility suffered a well failure resulting in a gas leak. The leak continues to this day with residents suffering nausea, dizziness, nosebleeds and headaches.

 

For relocation assistance following our court order against SoCal Gas, click here

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