2/2: Wrongful death lawsuit filed against SoCalGas over Porter Ranch gas leak


Wrongful death lawsuit filed against SoCalGas over Porter Ranch gas leak
The family of a 79-year old Porter Ranch resident filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Southern California Gas Company Tuesday, alleging that the recent gas leak from nearby Aliso Canyon exacerbated the woman’s already fragile health. Read more about the wrongful death lawsuit here.

Sempra’s ‘Don’t Worry’ Message on Massive Gas Leak Isn’t Working
Ever since one of its wells in California started spewing natural gas in October, Sempra Energy’s message to residents has been the same: Don’t worry — the leak poses no public safety threat and won’t cause long-term health effects. They aren’t buying it. Californians are worrying plenty and starting to take action. Find out what’s really going on here.

DA files criminal charges against SoCalGas over Porter Ranch leak as legal challenges mount
The Southern California Gas Co. came under increased legal fire on Tuesday as the state’s attorney general sued the utility over its still-spewing natural gas leak, L.A. County’s district attorney alleged it was too slow to notify authorities about it, and a local family claimed a 79-year-old woman’s death was hastened because of it. Read more about the criminal charges here.

LA County assessor to review Porter Ranch properties for tax relief due to gas leak
Los Angeles County Assessor Jeff Prang said his office will review all of the properties affected by the Porter Ranch gas leak to determine whether property owners may be eligible for property tax relief. Find out what effect the gas leak might have on property value here.

Englander wants SoCalGas rate increases during natural gas leak investigated
Councilman Mitchell Englander submitted a resolution to the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday calling on the California Public Utilities Commission, which is already probing the Porter Ranch gas leak, to investigate the rate increases experienced by Southern California Gas Co. customers. Read about the investigation here.

Southern California Gas Company Statement Regarding Lawsuit by California Attorney General, Los Angeles City Attorney and Los Angeles County Counsel
In December 2015, the Los AngelesCity Attorney and Los Angeles County Counsel filed a complaint on behalf of the People of California against Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) related to the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak for public nuisance and violation of the California Unfair Competition Law. Read the rest of the statement here.

Local energy reliability possibly at risk with Porter Ranch gas leak
The heads of three California energy agencies say they are concerned Los Angeles could run short of the natural gas it needs to generate power over the coming hot summer months if  a massive underground gas field is shut down. Find out what their concerns are here.

Plug for California gas well leak draws closer in fits and starts
A calamitous natural gas leak near Los Angeles is inching closer to finally being plugged after months of trial and error with different techniques aimed at sealing a foul-smelling hole that has forced thousands of residents from their homes. Read more about the gas well plugging process here.