2/1: Expanded air monitoring in Porter Ranch finds no health risks so far, but residents skeptical


Expanded air monitoring in Porter Ranch finds no health risks so far, but residents skeptical
Results from expanded air monitoring in Porter Ranch, where natural gas continues to leak from a breached well show evidence of high methane levels and some benzene, but pose no increased risk for longterm health effects, health officials said Monday. Read more about the air quality here.

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Lodges Lawsuit Over the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Citing Violations of State Health and Safety Laws
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. Read more about the Attorney Generals lawsuit here.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Speaks Out Against AQMD [Audio]
On Jan. 28., environmental attorney and activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. spoke on CBS Radio Los Angeles (KNX) about the AQMD’s actions regarding the SoCalGas well blowout. Listen to his thoughts here.

Porter Ranch Gas Leak Technology Introduced
Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander announced a free “know your rights” Town Hall-style meeting for Porter Ranch residents affected by the gas leak. He’s also backing state-of-the-art technology he said can provide real-time updates on air quality. Read more about the new technology here.

Porter Ranch Businesses Feel Full Effect of Gas Leak
As gas continues to flow incessantly from well SS 25, SoCalGas isn’t the only one losing money. Since the gas well blowout began in late October over 3,000 people have moved out of Porter Ranch and local businesses have felt the impact.Read more about the impact on businesses here.

Private company offers real-time community air monitoring in Porter Ranch
Amid a 3-month-old gas leak, a Washington state-based company is now providing real-time community air monitoring of the greenhouse gas methane and will soon be measuring carcinogens such as benzene in Porter Ranch. Read more about real time testing here.

Legal experts talk about Porter Ranch gas leak allegations at town hall meeting
Legal experts at Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander’s Legal Town Hall meeting last Tuesday have stated that lawsuits filed against Southern California Gas Corporation will take a long and challenging time to be resolved. Read more about the meeting here.

It’s Been More Than 100 Days Since The Worst Environmental Disaster Since The BP Oil Spill
Sunday marked the 100th day of the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, an environmental disaster many experts have compared to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Read the comparison here.

How is the Porter Ranch gas leak impacting residents? [Audio]
The Porter Ranch gas leak, discovered by inspectors two months ago, has driven thousands of residents of the town from their homes and shut down two schools. People in Porter Ranch have reportedly been suffering headaches, nausea and nosebleeds. Listen to the full story here.

Watchdogs Petition PUC For Open Investigation On Porter Ranch Leak; Decry Secrecy & Question Lack of Transparency
Consumer Watchdog and the law offices of Aquirre & Severson petitioned the California Public Utilities Commission for an open investigation into the Porter Ranch leak, including the immediate release of key documents and a PUC meeting in Los Angeles within 10 days to discuss the petition. Read more about the petition here.

Here’s How Enormous The Methane Blowout Is In California
The “invisible tsunami” of natural gas that has been spewing from a broken well in the backyard of an affluent Los Angeles suburb has caused illness and losses to businesses, and driven thousands from their homes. Read more about the impacts of the leak here.

California methane leak hits local people – and the global climate
There is still no certain end in sight more than three months after Southern California Gas Company officials revealed that a massive leak is spewing natural gas from their storage facility located in the affluent neighborhood of Porter Ranch in Los Angeles County, southern California. Read about the leaks wide ranging impacts here.

California’s natural gas supply must be better regulated for safety
At opposite ends of California, nervous residents are experiencing different problems with a common thread. This state’s regulatory rules aren’t up to the job of protecting the public when it comes to dangerous but essential natural gas supplies. Read more about California regulatory issues here.