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April 26, 2016. By LAS Staff Writer.
Los Angeles (April 26, 2016) (Press Release): A Los Angeles Superior Court will hear arguments tomorrow in the Southern California Gas Company case regarding continued relocation of residents from the Porter Ranch well blowout. This hearing follows the reversal by the California Court of Appeal of another superior court judge who rejected the County’s request for additional time before residents are asked to return. The Honorable John Wiley, Jr. will hear from Plaintiffs and Gas Company lawyers regarding a number of additional issues, including the right of experts jointly retained by the law firms representing residents to inspect the site or whether the CPUC has exclusive jurisdiction over such discovery.Read [ Major Hearing Scheduled in SoCalGas Porter Ranch Well Blowout Case ]
April 20, 2016. By LAS Staff Writer.
Los Angeles, April 19, 2016 (Press Release): - Save Porter Ranch discovered public records showing the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) knew of leaking wells and yet DOGGR repeatedly issued permits to SoCalGas without the proper data showing gas would be confined underground. One example is API 03721313 (32F). Well 32F had a patch installed in 1986, but SoCalGas removed the patch in 2010. Well 32F has not passed any mechanical integrity tests since 2010. As of today, 32F still does not pass any tests and is a significant risk to the health and safety of the community. This is just one example of records showing DOGGR knew of the leaking wells and continued to issue permits.Read [ Save Porter Ranch and 24 Residents File Class Action Claim ]
689 Residents Living Near Porter Ranch File First Wave of Claims Against the State of California for Gas Injection Well Blowout
April 18, 2016. By LAS Staff Writer.
Los Angeles, April 15, 2016 (Press Release): - The massive gas injection well blowout of well SS-25 in the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility operated by SoCalGas created a geyser that lasted over three months. Natural gas, noxious odors, hazardous chemicals, and toxic pollutants rolled down the hillside into Porter Ranch and surrounding areas. The blowout ultimately released 100,000 tons of natural gas. The volume of gas ejected was 220 times greater than the volume of oil released during the B.P. oil spill.Read [ 689 Residents Living Near Porter Ranch File First Wave of Claims Against the State of California for Gas Injection Well Blowout ]
March 19, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Porter Ranch, CA: Even though SoCalGas has notified Porter Ranch gas leak victims who were relocated that they have to move back home by the March 17 deadline, Judy Ly and her family don’t believe it’s safe. “I think it’s just a matter of time until another well leaks, and we have risked enough of our health,” says Judy.Read [ Porter Ranch Family “Prisoners in Their Own Home” ]
“And we plan on selling our home, even at a loss. SoCalGas made the decision for us.”
February 15, 2016. By LAS Staff Writer.
Porter Ranch (February 12, 2016) (Press Release): The Santa Susana fault, which begins east of Fillmore and runs into the San Fernando Valley, intersects all of the natural gas injection wells located in the Aliso Canyon Underground Storage Facility. Combined with the aging infrastructure, the presence of this fault increases the risk of additional well blowouts. Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), who owns and operates the facility, has yet to address the number of wells damaged from fault line activity or what steps have been taken to prevent another massive well blowout.Read [ Active Santa Susana Fault Lines Intersect All Natural Gas Storage Wells In Aliso Canyon ]
February 10, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Porter Ranch, CA: Since one of 115 natural gas wells owned by SoCal Gas in Aliso Canyon began leaking methane gas on October 23, there have been conflicting reports and rumors, from public safety and health issues to environmental damage. Public officials, spokespersons from the gas company, Porter Ranch residents and their lawyers more often than not have disagreed on key issues. Attorney Patricia Oliver of the R. Rex Parris Law Firm has been closely monitoring Porter Ranch, and she has filed environmental lawsuits on behalf of many residents.Read [ Porter Ranch Attorney Dispels Rumors and Dispenses Facts ]
February 3, 2016. By LAS Staff Writer.
LOS ANGELES (Press Release) Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced that she has lodged a lawsuit against Southern California Gas Company for violations of California law in connection with a massive methane leak from its Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility. In addition to filing suit in her independent capacity as Attorney General, Harris’s lawsuit also includes her client, the California Air Resources Board. The natural gas leak has caused a public health and statewide environmental emergency, which has sickened residents of Porter Ranch and compelled them to relocate.Read [ Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Lodges Lawsuit Over the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak ]
February 2, 2016. By LAS Staff Writer.
LOS ANGELES (Press Release): Today Councilmember Mitchell Englander will submit a resolution to the Los Angeles City Council calling for the California Public Utilities Commission to investigate the unusual rate increases experienced by SoCal Gas customers this month across Los Angeles County.Read [ Englander Calls for Investigation of Bill Spiking for SoCal Gas Customers Countrywide ]
January 19, 2016. By LAS Staff Writer.
January 17, 2016, Los Angeles (Press Release): On its Aliso Canyon Information Center homepage, SoCalGas features two press releases. One is about the relocation efforts; the other is called “Gas Leak Estimates Reduced by 60-Percent.” Such a significant-sounding drop may suggest that the crisis is being quickly addressed, but there seems to be more to the story than SoCalGas readily shares.Read [ New Video and Studies Cast Doubt on SoCalGas Progress ]
January 19, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA: Attorney Patricia Oliver, who specializes in cases involving water contamination from oil production and waste injection wells, says people in and around Porter Ranch should be concerned about this gas leak, from benzene levels in the escaping gas to the SoCal Gas plan not to include a safety valve replacement on the well.Read [ Porter Ranch Gas Leak: Are You Safe? ]
- Porter Ranch Methane Leak Will Lead to Litigation By Brenda Craig (Jan-10-16)
- Porter Ranch Residents’ Voices Are Finally Heard as Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency By LAS Staff Writer (Jan-8-16)
- Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency Over Porter Ranch Gas Leak Disaster By Gordon Gibb (Jan-7-16)
- Porter Ranch SoCal Gas Leak Declared State of Emergency By Lucy Campbell (Jan-7-16)
- No Christmas Tree for Porter Ranch Gas Leak Victims By Jane Mundy (Dec-23-15)
- Porter Ranch Gas Leak: Attorney Robert Kennedy Jr. Weighs In By Jane Mundy (Dec-17-15)
- Porter Ranch Gas Leak Compared to BP Oil Spill By Gordon Gibb (Dec-12-15)