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New blow to homeowners in massive Porter Ranch gas leak in L.A.

May 24, 2016 4:23 pm by: Justice for Porter Ranch

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.

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Sol Cal Gas to Offer Services to Porter Ranch Residents

May 24, 2016 4:23 pm by: Justice for Porter Ranch

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.

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Gas company hit with $2.25 million fine over pipeline safety

May 19, 2016 7:20 pm by: Justice for Porter Ranch

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.

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Metals found in dust of Porter Ranch homes linked to post-leak symptoms

May 16, 2016 10:53 pm by: Justice for Porter Ranch

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.

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Senators question energy agencies about Aliso Canyon report

May 12, 2016 5:01 pm by: Justice for Porter Ranch

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.

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Gas-leak residents’ victory: SoCal Gas pays housing

April 28, 2016 7:16 pm by: Justice for Porter Ranch

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.

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House panel OKs tougher gas storage rules in bill influenced by the Aliso Canyon leak

April 22, 2016 4:32 pm by: Justice for Porter Ranch

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.

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New natural gas and petrol leak reported near Porter Ranch

April 18, 2016 10:32 pm by: Justice for Porter Ranch

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.

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NEW ODOR REPORTED IN PORTER RANCH NEAR SOCAL GAS FACILITY

April 15, 2016 10:30 pm by: Justice for Porter Ranch

Just weeks after a foul-smelling natural-gas leak was capped in Porter Ranch, residents reported a smell on Wednesday that was raising concerns about a new methane release.

Residents throughout the Porter Ranch area reported a strong odor of gas from around 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, saying it smelled just as bad as when the Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso Canyon storage facility developed a leak in October.

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Aliso Canyon gas field to remain stalled another year, PUC exec says

April 11, 2016 4:31 pm by: Justice for Porter Ranch

Southern California Gas Company’s vast natural gas storage field at Aliso Canyon will likely remain inactive for at least another year, Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker told an audience of energy officials and Porter Ranch residents Friday.

“I assume we won’t have Aliso Canyon back on-line this year,” Picker said.

His assertion is at odds with SoCal Gas’s announcement on Thursday that it expected to be able to fully test enough of its 114 gas wells to make the field operable by late summer and seal off the rest.

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