SoCal Gas Stipulated Agreement with City Attorney Calls for Special Master to Oversee Relocation Plan
Posted by Councilmember Englander on January 08, 2016 at 12:00 PM
On December 23, the Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas) and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office consented to a binding stipulated agreement regarding the relocation of residents affected by the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak. The agreement includes:
Implementation of the SS-25 Incident Aliso Canyon Gas Leak Odorous Emissions Mitigation Plan and Temporary Relocation Plan dated December 15, 2015. Click here to view Relocation Plan.
SoCalGas will be required to pay reasonable costs of boarding pets of Porter Ranch residents if the resident believes those pets are experiencing symptoms from the natural gas leak at Aliso Canyon.
SoCal Gas will be required to pay for any additional overtime and costs associated with extra Los Angeles Police Department ("LAPD") security patrols in the Porter Ranch area that may be recommended by the LAPD.
The appointment of retired judges, paid for by SoCalGas, who will act as mediators to promptly resolve disputes between individuals who are requesting relocation or other services under the Plan and SoCalGas regarding the individual's request.
The prioritization of people with special needs for relocation.
The relocation process has been stressful, complicated and frustrating for affected residents - particularly the elderly and those with special needs that require additional accommodations. This agreement requires SoCal Gas to prioritize individuals with special needs and requires a response to a request for relocation within 24-72 hours both of which are critically important to ensuring the health and wellness of this community during this crisis.
I applaud the efforts of the City Attorney and his staff who have worked around the clock to secure this agreement on behalf of affected residents. I also want to thank SoCal Gas for entering into this binding stipulated agreement for the benefit of our community.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District
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