The motions will be heard on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 2 p.m. in Room 222 of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, 111 N. Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Plaintiffs’ lawyers requested access to the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility to observe evidence preservation taking place now and a lifting of the stay on discovery to allow the parties to negotiate an inspection protocol in order to determine the nature of historical problems and chemicals spewing from the blowout.
The CPUC asserts it has exclusive jurisdiction around SS-25, the well that blew out on October 23, 2015, and cannot allow access to the well site area because of “concerns for safety.” Interestingly, residents are being asked to return home since the site is “safe.” In briefs filed with the court before the hearing, CPUC attorneys are attempting to block all counsel and jointly retained experts representing residents of Porter Ranch from having physical access to the SS-25 well site so as to observe investigation activities.
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The R. Rex Parris Law Firm has been working with attorneys from Morgan & Morgan, Panish Shea & Boyle, Weitz & Luxenberg, Keisel Law, Baron & Budd, and Boucher LLP on behalf of the residents and families impacted by the Aliso Canyon blowout and have retained the experts who are investigating the root causes of the blowout and assessing the site inspection protocols. These firms all join in the motions to lift the stay on discovery and to require continued funding by SoCalGas for relocation of families.