LOS ANGELES, April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Los Angeles Superior Court granted a motion by Los Angeles County for a preliminary injunction to continue the temporary relocation plan for Porter Ranch area residents who left their homes because of the now-sealed Aliso Canyon gas leak. This extends the relocation program until at least May 31. SoCalGas issued the following statement in response:
"Tens of thousands of families are thriving in Porter Ranch today; working, living and raising their families there and the surrounding communities. The parks are full of children, residents jog on the streets, and the shopping centers are busy. The air in Porter Ranch has returned to pre-leak conditions and there is no scientific evidence that justifies continued relocation. For the group who choose to continue to stay relocated, today's decision unfortunately adds to the potential fear and confusion. We are disappointed in the court's ruling and we are evaluating our options.
"After months of waiting for Public Health officials to act in the best interest of the people they serve, we have listened to the frustrations expressed by residents and we are offering solutions, including helping people return to their houses and providing related cleaning services.
"SoCalGas is providing complimentary interior home cleaning services for any relocated resident who decides to exit the relocation program and return home. We encourage currently relocated residents interested in receiving this free service and returning home to call 1-888-314-7645 to learn more.
"In accordance with the temporary relocation plan, SoCalGas will continue to transition those who choose to remain relocated out of hotels and into temporary residence apartments that feature larger living, dining and sleeping spaces, full kitchens and secure parking. Reimbursements associated with hotel stays, including daily meal allowances, will be discontinued once residents have moved into a temporary residence."
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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