1/15: Efforts to plug Porter Ranch-area gas leak worsened blowout risk; State leaders to brief residents


Efforts to plug Porter Ranch-area gas leak worsened blowout risk, regulators say

It’s officially the “gory hole.” New reports suggest that the seventh attempt to plug the damaged well casing may have made the Porter Ranch situation worse. Read more about the continuing calamity.

State leaders to brief residents on Porter Ranch gas leak

Community members will finally convene in Porter Ranch this evening as the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services holds a State Leaders Briefing about the ongoing situation. Find out how to attend or stream the meeting in real time.

SoCalGas Leak Emissions Down 60%, Tests Indicate

Has the flow ebbed? Recent readings from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) suggest that the Porter Ranch gas emissions have dipped dramatically, citing data collected during flyovers with methane detection equipment. Read more about the recent findings.

Price-Gouging Landlords Are Ripping Off Porter Ranch Residents

It’s an illegal practice, but that hasn’t stopped local landlords from tripling rents in neighboring towns as Porter Ranch residents flee. Take a look at how much they’re charging displaced renters.

As California Methane Leak Displaces Thousands, Will U.S. Regulate Natural Gas Sites Nationwide? (Video)

Will the Porter Ranch situation be the prototype for future regulation nationwide? Watch as pundits weigh in.

LA Mayor says cap the well, but ‘there will be hell to pay’ for Porter Ranch gas leak

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti wants all to know that a reckoning is forthcoming for the purveyors of the SoCalGas misadventure. Follow his plight in the fight for justice.

Fracking Common in L.A.’s Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Facility  (Release)

Fracking is wack, says the Center of Biological Diversity. Read their press release which, they say, points to irrefutable evidence that fracking was indeed a cause of the Porter Ranch blowout.

Continuous Methane Monitoring

Visuals are necessary to track the spread of the colorless gas that continues to spread across Porter Ranch and other areas. See the latest graphic from South Coast Air Quality Gas Management (AQGM) that tracks methane levels contained in the plume.

Porter Ranch Community Advisory Committee (PRCAC)

City Councilman Mitch Englander founded the Porter Ranch Community Advisory Committee (PRCAC) in December 2015 to unite organizations and entities impacted by Porter Ranch in discussion. Learn more about their continuing efforts here.

Mayor Garcetti Says Accountability Needed for Porter Ranch Gas Leak (Video)

He’s come out with guns blazing. Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti claims that there will be “hell to pay” for those responsible for the SoCalGas blowout and likens the tragedy to the BP Oil Spill. Find out how just how hopping mad Garcetti is by watching this.

Activists protest outside EPA (Photos)

#SAVEPORTERRANCH, disgusted activists mandated in hand drawn signs outside of the office of the EPA. See here how the crowd, who showed up in droves, protested the SoCalGas calamity.

Porter Ranch gas link has odor of another San Bruno — California Focus

State agencies are bickering, rents are rising, and gas is still spilling. Is there there an end in sight to the Porter Ranch disaster? Read here to see if there’s a resolution on the horizon.

Dems seek feds’ help in California methane leak

Left-leaning politicians are asking the feds to enact legislation to ensure that underground gas deposits remain intact and will not again wreck havoc on the public in the form of the current Porter Ranch disaster. Find out what regulations they’re asking to be put into place.

Porter Ranch gas leak: Advocates say important information isn’t reaching Korean-speaking residents

Porter Ranch’s sizable Korean community is comprised of many first-generation families who have reported receiving inaccurate or delayed information regarding the relocation process. Read more about what’s being lost in translation.

Insider Selling: Sempra Energy (SRE) CFO Sells 23,761 Shares of Stock

It’s Enron all over again — or is it? On Thursday, a majority shareholder relinquished 23,761 shares of Sempra Energy stock for an average of $91.47 a pop. Even with the dilution of shares from several shareholders, many securities analysts have given Sempra Energy, the parent company of SoCalGas, a “buy” rating. Find out what financial experts think the company is worth here.