Englander Joins City Attorney to File Suit Against SoCal Gas over Aliso Canyon Gas Leak
Posted by Councilmember Englander on December 11, 2015 at 12:00 PM
On Monday, I joined City Attorney Mike Feuer and Mayor Eric Garcetti to announce the suit filed by the City of Los Angeles against the Southern California Gas Company over the leak at their natural gas storage facility at Aliso Canyon near Porter Ranch in the Northwest San Fernando Valley.
The suit seeks to put into effect judiciously enforceable steps including:
- Ensuring the leak is repaired as quickly as possible.
- Ensuring the causes of the leak, and the reasons for the inordinate delay in fixing it, are fully understood and action plans put in place to prevent a reoccurrence of this type of event.
- Ensure that any systemic deficiencies in the operation of all wells and other infrastructure at the Aliso Canyon facility and similar storage facilities are appropriately addressed.
- Address the consequences of the emission of a massive volume of greenhouse gas from this site into the environment.
- Impose civil penalties.
On October 23, the SoCal Gas’ Aliso Canyon underground gas storage facility suffered a well failure resulting in a gas leak. The leak continues to this day with residents suffering nausea, dizziness, nosebleeds and headaches. Over 3000 families have requested relocation which is being paid for by the SoCal Gas Company.
It is clear that the Southern California Gas Company has been negligent in their responsibility to protect public health and safety with their operations and has caused real harm to their host community. People are sick and families have been displaced....possibly for months, with the true, long-term health effects as yet unknown. I want to thank City Attorney Mike Feuer for working closely with my office to treat this crisis with the urgency it deserves and to hold those accountable who have violated the public trust.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District
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