2/4: PORTER RANCH GAS LEAK COULD BE CAPPED SOONER THAN EXPECTED, OFFICIAL SAYS


PORTER RANCH GAS LEAK COULD BE CAPPED SOONER THAN EXPECTED, OFFICIAL SAYS
The ongoing massive gas leak in Porter Ranch could be capped by next week, according to one of Gov. Jerry Brown’s advisers. Find out when the well is expected to be capped here.

SOCAL GAS BACKS OFF 48-HOUR RELOCATING PLAN IN PORTER RANCH
The months-long gas leak in Porter Ranch forced thousands of residents to relocate, but a controversial plan that would only give them 48 hours to return home once the leak was contained has been scrapped. Find out why SoCalGas scrapped the plan here.

Why a Los Angeles County supervisor is upset over SoCalGas’ two-day-return plan
A Los Angeles County supervisor took up the cause of Porter Ranch residents who have been relocated Thursday by calling for a month to allow residents to return to their homes. Find out more about the supervisors plan here.

Porter Ranch Leak: Criminal Charges, Customer Gouging and Bought Politicians
The massive natural gas leak being called the “BP oil spill on land” in Aliso Canyon, Calif., and the company behind it, Southern California Gas (or SoCalGas), may finally face a reckoning: On Tuesday the state of California added its name to a criminal lawsuit leveled against the energy company. Read more about the lawsuit here.

Chatsworth Church Says Porter Ranch Gas Leak Has Hurt Their Bottom Line, Food Bank Donations [Video]
A church in Chatsworth says the gas leak in Porter Ranch has hurt them in their efforts to help the needy. The church — Leaves of Healing Tabernacle –doubles as a community food bank. Watch the video here.

REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ URGES ACTION ON PORTER RANCH IN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA, EPA, AND DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION 
In light of the ongoing leak near Porter Ranch, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) today sent a letter to President Barack Obama; EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy; and Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, urging immediate action and federal oversight to protect Californians’ health and safety, and to prevent any future disastrous natural gas leaks. Find out what the letter said here

Gas company short-cuts may have caused Porter Ranch methane leak
Since October 23, a massive methane leak from a well in an underground natural gas storage field in southern California’s Aliso Canyon near Porter Ranch has spewed 91,625 metric tons of the potent greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, according to a counter at the website of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Read more about the Gas companies short cuts here.

Flint is a horrible tragedy. But a gas leak in Los Angeles may spell an even greater environmental disaster
The drinking-water crisis in Flint, Mich., is both an outrage and a tragedy: a sordid tale of government cost-cutting, callousness and coverups that exposed 27,000 children to extremely high levels of lead and may have killed at least 10 people. Read the rest of the story here.

Further steps are needed to end gas-leak danger
Senate Bill 380 is a good starting point, but it needs to be strengthened to include a moratorium on all oil and gas operations in the Aliso Canyon storage facility. Read about the proposed bill here.

Shades of Porter Ranch as PUC assesses SDG&E rate-hike bid?
To understand the brazen quality of the latest rate increase application from California’s third-largest electric utility, it’s necessary step back in time, to the scene when wildfires raged across some of the prettiest parts of San Diego County in 2007. Read more about the rate hikes here.