SoCalGas Media Statement On New Infrared Video, Real-Time Air-Monitoring Data
Controlling the Leak Marks Important Milestones for Temporarily Relocated Residents Returning Home
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) issued the following statement following today's release of infrared video by the California Air Resources Board:
"The infrared video released today by the California Air Resources Board and data from a network of state-operated air monitors in the Porter Ranch neighborhood confirm the leaking well at the Aliso Canyon storage facility has been temporarily controlled and emissions have stopped. We will continue to work around-the-clock to seal the well with cement and cooperate fully with the Department of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) as they work to confirm the leak has been permanently sealed. Each of these steps will take several days.
"Achieving temporary control of the well marks an important milestone in SoCalGas' efforts to permanently stop the leak, and for residents who relocated during the leak. City, county and state air-quality authorities consistently report that the leak posed no long-term health risk, and any short-term symptoms would go away once the leak was stopped. Details are available in a report summary released today by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.
"Once DOGGR confirms the leak has been permanently sealed, residents who temporarily relocated to short-term temporary housing (such as hotels) will be provided up to eight days/seven nights to return home. SoCalGas will continue to honor the terms of leases for those who opted for longer-term housing and for all residents relocated to apartments or single-family homes, SoCalGas will reimburse moving expenses up to $500. More information is available at AlisoUpdates.com.
"Relocated residents who have special circumstances, specifically disabilities or functional needs that may require additional arrangements, and residents relocated with similar extraordinary circumstances, will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Lastly, SoCalGas will reimburse reasonable mileage expenses through the rest of the school year for residents who enrolled their children in schools outside the Porter Ranch area."
About Southern California Gas Co: Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 145 years. It is the nation's largest natural gas distribution utility, providing service to 21.6 million consumers connected through 5.9 million meters in more than 500 communities. The company's service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles throughout central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. SoCalGas is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.
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