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Porter Ranch Gas Leak Could Contaminate LA Water Supply 
Ms. Patricia Oliver of R. Rex Parris Law Firm said geological data suggests that the Porter Ranch gas leak could contaminate the Los Angeles water table. Ms. Oliver’s statements were made during a roundtable discussion with Dr. Richard Kang and Rick Wiles of TRUNEWS, as they explained the latest legal and medical updates events surrounding the methane gas leak in Porter Ranch, California. Read more about the possible contamination here.

Day 100: The Porter Ranch gas leak that won’t go away
It started with the detection of a natural gas leak on Oct. 23 at a Southern California Gas. Co. well in the hills above Porter Ranch. At first, officials speculated it would take “several days” to identify the safest and best way to stop and repair the leak at a more-than-8,500-foot-deep well called SS 25 — now known as “the offending well.” Read more about the 100 days here.

SoCal Gas leak: Benzene levels higher in Burbank, LA basin than Porter Ranch, AQMD says
The maximum and average daily levels of the cancer-causing chemical benzene are higher in Burbank and the Los Angeles basin than they are in Porter Ranch, according to data analyzed by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Read more about the air quality here.

Potentially dangerous activity took place at the Aliso Canyon natural gas site as the Southern California Gas Company said it’s conducting test drilling. A Los Angeles County Fire Department strike team has been deployed to the site of the leaking well near Porter Ranch. Read more about the deployment here.

Lost profits from being near Aliso Canyon leak? U.S. aid offered
Businesses affected by the Aliso Canyon gas leak were urged Friday to fill out an economic injury worksheet to help qualify for small-business loans. Find out if you qualify here.

Massive Porter Ranch gas leak to be probed by Texas firm
The California Public Utilities Commission has ordered the Southern California Gas Co. to hire a Texas-based energy company to conduct the independent investigation into the massive natural gas leak at the utility’s Aliso Canyon storage field near Porter Ranch, an official said Friday. Read more about the investigation here.

Sempra’s California Gas Leak Should See U.S. Probe: Senators
Two U.S. senators want the federal government to investigate a Sempra Energy natural gas leak near Los Angeles that has forced thousands into temporary housing and raised concerns that the emissions may be making people sick. Read details about the probe 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… Ed Avol, MS, professor of clinical medicine in the Department of Preventive Medicine of the Keck School of Medicine of USC… and his colleagues will study the long-term health effects of the natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon. Read an interview with Dr. Avol here.

The Lessons of Porter Ranch
The massive leak at the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility is a stark example of why natural gas is a significant health and safety risk and nota bridge fuel to our clean energy future. The facility, the second largest in the U.S., stores vast amounts of natural gas at high pressure in underground wells once used for oil extraction more than fifty years ago. Find out what the lessons are here.

Will 2016 Be Sempra Energy’s Worst Year Yet?
Typically when we think of utilities companies, you think of slow, steady companies that don’t wow you with big returns. One utility that has bucked that trend over the past several years has been Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE). Its total returns have wildly outpaced the broader utility space thanks to investments outside the typical electricity and gas utility realm. Read about the companies decline here.

Colorado and California: Getting Gassed Together
In the past few weeks, something truly unusual happened here in Colorado. It wasn’t that the Arctic Vortex had taken up residence in the state.  The temperature at the North Pole, at least for a moment, was warmer than the prevailing temperatures along Colorado’s front range. Click here to read about the unusual thing that happened.

Honor Rancho Remains Under Scrutiny as Aliso Canyon Leak Continues 
Officials are continuing to scrutinize the local Honor Rancho natural gas storage reservoir as the still-leaking Aliso Canyon storage site continues to spew tons of methane into the air just south of the Santa Clarita Valley. Read more about the continuous leak here.

Plugging the Leak
I testified before two Senate committees Thursday as a co-author of Senate Bill 380 by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, to require an immediate moratorium on natural gas injection and restrict production of gas through vintage wells at the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility. Read more of Scot Wilk’s commentary here.

Markets sanguine on Sempra’s historic gas leak
It could be the biggest human-caused leak of natural gas in U.S. history, setting back California’s crusade against global warming for years and chasing thousands of families from homes in northern Los Angeles. Read more how the historic leak will affect Sempra’s stock price here.

Action 145. What can you and I do about the Porter Ranch disaster?
If I had more of a sense of humor about climate change, I might find the Porter Ranch/Aliso Canyon natural gas leak almost funny, in a kind of take-your-Paris-accord-and-shove-it kind of symbology from a vengeful god. As it is, I’m mainly just really pissed off. Find out what you can do about the gas leak here.

Public Health Continues to Monitor Health Effects of People and Pets. Read the report here.

Energy company dollars have flowed to leaders, but in midst of gas leak, they say they’re still tough
Sempra Energy, the parent company of Southern California Gas Co., whose well in Aliso Canyon has been leaking gas for three months, has poured millions of dollars into local, state and federal elections for more than a decade, records show. Read about what those dollars accomplished here.

Porter Ranch Gas Leak Forces Family of CA Secretary of State to Evacuate
The number of San Fernando Valley residents impacted by the natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon now includes that of the state’s chief election officer. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, a resident of Porter Ranch, says he was forced to move his wife and three young children to a Burbank hotel where they have been living for the past month and a half. Read about the Secretaries plan here.

SoCalGas Wants Customers to Know They Might Have Higher Natural Gas Bills Due to Recent Cold Snap; Offers Online Tools, Assistance Programs
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) wants customers to know that they may experience higher than expected natural gas bills in January due to the unusually cold weather and increased use of home heaters to stay warm. Read more about the higher rates here.

Legal experts to weigh in on Porter Ranch gas leak claims at town hall meeting
Those filing lawsuits against Southern California Gas Co. over the massive natural gas leak near Porter Ranch may have a long, challenging road ahead, according to one legal expert. Read about the challenges here.

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