We have been following the developments of the gas leak at the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility near Porter Ranch, Calif. The Los Angeles Daily News now reports hundreds of people attended an all-day hearing on Saturday, January 9, in support of a proposed stipulated order of abatement being considered by the South Coast Air Quality Management District Hearing Board. The proposed order would require Southern California Gas to stop the gas leak as quickly as possible, capture the leaking gas, draw down its reservoir, monitor emissions and fund a health study on the potential effects of the leak on the community. The hearing board is expected to reach a final decision on January 16.
Local Councilman Mitch Englander describes the gas leak as inacceptable and “beyond gross negligence.” Since discovering the gas leak in October 2015, more than 79,000 metric tons of gas has been emitted into the air. This leak has caused residents to endure reported headaches, nausea, nosebleeds and other symptoms linked to the gas leak. The rotten-egg smell has displaced nearly 2,900 households, with another 2,000 on the waiting list to be relocated from their homes. Additionally, property values have decreased significantly and local commerce has plummeted.
While I do not currently represent anyone involved with this site, I have represented more than 2,000 similarly situated people around the country in various environmental litigation cases regarding odor nuisance. To find out if The Simon Law Firm, P.C. can help with a landfill litigation case, contact Todd Hageman.