PORTER RANCH >> Methane was detected Saturday seeping out of the soil near the plugged natural gas well at Aliso Canyon responsible for the largest natural gas leak in the nation, Southern California Gas officials reported.
At 7:45 a.m., SoCalGas inspectors working with infrared cameras detected “a very slight and intermittent observation of methane” at the SS-25 well at its Aliso Canyon Storage Facility north of Porter Ranch, according to the company.
The settlement also calls for the utility to adopt safety measures beyond those required by federal and state laws at its Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility.
Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced today a $4 million settlement with Southern California Gas Co. that will require the utility to pay the maximum fine authorized by law and to adopt safety measures beyond those required by federal and state laws at its Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility.
“This agreement ensures that Southern California Gas Co. is held accountable for its criminal actions for failing to immediately report the leak,” District Attorney Lacey said.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a stop work order Sunday evening to Southern California Gas over its cleaning efforts following the months-long Porter Ranch gas leak, reports CBS Los Angeles.
SoCal Gas had begun cleaning the homes of relocated Porter Ranch residents, but the county found they weren’t cleaning to specified court order, the health agency announced Sunday.
Southern California Gas Company was ordered by a judge Friday to offer cleaning services to thousands of homeowners who relocated after the gas leak near Porter Ranch.
Once the cleaning is done, residents would have 48 hours to move back home. The judge’s ruling marks an end to the relocation program, which began after the gas leak was detected in October 2015.
A state regulatory agency has slapped the Southern California Gas Co. with a $2.25 million fine for neglecting to maintain equipment on its natural gas transmission pipeline system underneath two sections of Los Angeles.
Inspectors for the California Public Utilities Commission’s Safety and Enforcement Division found that SoCalGas failed to fix 125 “cathodic protection packages” – devices that apply a small electric current to the pipeline to prevent corrosion – between 2011 and 2015.
Some Porter Ranch residents learned late Thursday that the dust samples collected in their homes more than a month ago showed evidence of metals that were consistent with those found at the natural gas well that blew out near their neighborhood last year.
Officials with the Los Angeles County Department of Health told a small group of residents at a community meeting that while they weren’t concerned with the air testing inside homes, the presence of metals could have caused the short-term health effects residents experienced, such as headaches, nausea and nosebleeds.
State lawmakers Tuesday hammered energy agencies and Southern California utilities about the continued use of the troubled Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility, pressing them to justify the economic and safety risk the plant poses.
Porter Ranch-area residents displaced by the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak will be able to remain in temporary housing — at Southern California Gas Co. expense — until at least June 7, with a judge ruling Wednesday there is still uncertainty about the safety of returning to their homes.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Wiley Jr. set another hearing on the issue for June 7 to revisit the issue.
The ruling was another courtroom loss for SoCalGas, which argued there is no lingering health risk for residents in the Porter Ranch area. The Aliso Canyon leak, which was discovered Oct. 23, was capped on Feb. 18.
Tougher gas storage rules inspired by California’s Aliso Canyon storage facility leak would be required under a bill approved unanimously by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday.
The bill, which reauthorizes the Department of Transportation’s pipeline safety program for four years and sets new federal safety standards requirements for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
A new natural gas and petroleum leak occurred Saturday near Porter Ranch, not far from the shuttered well that spewed gas for four months, state officials reported.
The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services reported it received a complaint about a gas and petroleum leak at 8:25 a.m. from Southern California Gas Co. at its controversial Aliso Canyon Storage Facility.
The leak from a well, known as Standard Sesnon 1-21, was stopped at 10:25 a.m., according to an OES hazardous materials spill update, after it had spewed 30 gallons of oil spray and an unknown amount of natural gas.