1/27: LA City Council Votes For Gas Leak Relocation Services To Continue In Porter Ranch, Surrounding Communities

LA City Council Votes For Gas Leak Relocation Services To Continue In Porter Ranch, Surrounding Communities

The Los Angeles City Council approved a motion on Tuesday calling on Southern California Gas Co. to continue offering relocation services not only to residents of Porter Ranch affected by an ongoing natural gas leak, but to residents of neighboring communities. Read more about the vote here.

State issues new rules to avoid future methane leaks

New state regulations issued in the wake of a massive methane leak in Southern California require a range of safety checks at the state’s 322 active underground gas storage facilities. Environmentalists, however, criticized the new rules for not going far enough in preventing more leaks. Find out what the new rules are here.

11AM Porter Ranch Businesses File Lawsuit [Audio]

Listen to Attorney Patricia Oliver on KFI speak about the latest developments in Porter Ranch.  Patricia can be heard starting at the 7:03 mark.

Gas leak ruling provides secrecy and legal defense to SoCal Gas

Government officials have ordered the Southern California Gas Co. to shut down its leaky Aliso Canyon well, yet the ruling is far from a victory for the thousands of sickened Porter Ranch residents, an attorney charges. Read about the agreement here.

LA Moves to Ban New Gas Wells in Wake of Leak

In response to the massive Porter Ranch gas leak, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday called for a moratorium on new gas wells until existing and decades-old facilities are made safe. The resolution, tabled by council members Mitch Englander and Herb Wesson, passed with a 15-0 vote. Read more about the ban here.

California Wants $42 Million, and Counting, in Methane Leak Fines

California on Tuesday sued SoCalGas for $440,000 per day in fines for its negligent response to the massive methane gas leak that has displaced thousands of people in the San Fernando Valley. Find out more about the lawsuit here.

USC researchers to study long-term health effects of Porter Ranch gas leak

A massive methane leak in a Los Angeles County community will have long-term health consequences that USC researchers said they intend to study. More than 87,500 metric tons of methane have leaked from a natural gas storage facility near Porter Ranch, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. Read more about the planned study here.

Invisible Poison: How the Porter Ranch Gas Leak Shows the Need for Government Regulation

Since October of last year, a subsurface valve operated by the Southern California Gas Company has been leaking  methane gas in Aliso Canyon. This calamity has far-reaching consequences, reducing the quality of air and life in the region for years to come. While more preventative measures must be taken to prevent future leaks, the primary concern should be over regulatory agencies’ lack of enforcement mechanisms and their culture of  permissiveness. Read the rest of the piece here.

SoCal residents say there’s an environmental double standard [Video]

One SoCal community says they’re the victims of environmental racism. They say the fast response to the gas leak in the wealthier whiter community of Porter Ranch proves their case. Watch the video here.

Who Pays to Fix the Aliso Canyon Methane Leak?
As nearly everyone has heard by now, on Octobe​​r 23, 2015, a leak at a Southern California Gas Company (“SoCalGas”) natural gas storage well was discovered by crews at the Aliso Canyon storage field in Los Angeles. In a Jan 18, 2016 press release, SoCalGas announced that it expected to finally be able to stop the leak by late February and possibly sooner. Find out who pays here.

Not the Only Leak: SoCal’s Aliso Canyon Is a Reminder That Methane Emissions Are Widespread and Ongoing

After one of the many attempts to plug the methane-leaking well at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in the Los Angeles suburbs, the thing erupted like a geyser, spewing not only natural gas, but also the muddy slurry that company technicians had pumped into the well. Read more about methane emissions here.

 Air Purifiers To Be Delivered To Granada Hills Charter High School Amid Ongoing Gas Leak

More than 200 air purifiers will be delivered Wednesday to a school in Granada Hills amid the ongoing Southern California Gas Company storage facility leak. Read the story here.

 California gas leak: Calls grow for shutdown

The leak in Porter Ranch near Los Angeles has forced more than 13,000 people from their homes. It began on 23 October and has been blamed for a variety of health issues. Ms Brockovich said it was the worst environmental disaster in the US since 2010. Read more about what Ms. Brockovich said here.

California gas leak spotlights shoddy regulation of aging storage wells

Long before a natural gas storage well sprung a disastrous leak near Los Angeles, California, utilities and national industry groups were raising alarms about the danger of aging underground storage infrastructure. Read about the warnings here.

Natural Gas Leak at Aliso Canyon Storage Field
Read the LA Count environmental and health reports here.

Gas company has no plans to shut down Aliso Canyon storage facility

A gas company representative told the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that the utility has no plans to shut down its Aliso Canyon storage facility, where a broken well has been leaking gas since October. Read more about what the gas company said here.

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