Thousands of households in the Porter Ranch area have been affected after Southern California Gas. Co discovered a gas leak emanating from its Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility, which is located at 12801 Tampa Avenue and houses at least 115 wells. It is estimated that the leak is releasing up to 100,000 pounds of methane every hour. While the gas leak is believed to have begun on October 23, 2015, the general public was not informed until weeks or months after the leak was discovered. Southern California Gas. Co originally believed that the leak could be fixed in a matter of weeks but Porter Ranch residents have continued to suffer as a result of the gas leak.
The leaking gas is coming from a pipe enclosed in a seven-inch well casing. The well, which is under pressure, is 8,750 feet deep and the leak is about 480 to 500 feet underground. The leak appears to be a result of a blowout due to improper pressurization of the pipe which led to large volumes of gas seeping from the pipe and air contamination.
Porter Ranch residents have reported several complications as a result of the gas leak including headaches, nausea, dizziness, headaches and respiratory infections. Residents have endured the strong gas smell which has led to residents either spending most of their time indoors or inconveniently relocating to surrounding areas.
In addition to the potential health complications, local residents have complained about potential loss of property value and slowed local development as a result of the long standing effects of the gas leak.
SoCalGas sent a letter about the incident to area residents, issued an apology for not contacting them sooner and have made efforts to mitigate damages by relocating residents.
Knox Ricksen LLP is currently accepting claims from homeowners from the Porter Ranch area who may have been affected by the SoCalGas leak. We are filing individual cases on behalf of plaintiffs. We are NOT currently pursuing Class Action efforts. Your case will be filed and pursued on its individual merits. If you or a loved one has questions about the Porter Ranch Gas Leak or your legal options moving forward, please contact us immediately.
Southern California Gas Company
Southern California Gas Company, which is owned by Sempra Energy, is one of the largest utility companies in the United States and has one of the largest natural gas storage fields on the West Coast. Southern California Gas Company operates the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility, which the site of the Porter Ranch Gas Leak.
While it was originally believed that Southern California Gas Company would be able to fix the Gas leak in a number of weeks, the company has yet to fully close the gas leak and exposure has continued since late October 2015
Complications and Health Effects
Southern California Gas Company has stated that the Porter Ranch Gas Leak is not a risk to Porter Ranch residents. However, residents have complained of nausea, dizziness, respiratory problems, nosebleeds and several other complications.
At least 1,000 households have requested relocation from the Porter Ranch area as a result of complaints about the odor and complications from the gas leak.
Los Angeles County health officials have reported that prolonged exposure to chemicals, some of which are known carcinogens, in natural gas leaking above Porter Ranch can causelong term health effects. However, they cautioned that the levels examined so far in Porter Ranch are not believed to be associated with long-term health problems.
Knox Ricksen LLP will begin filing individual cases on behalf of Porter Ranch area homeowners who have been affected by the gas leak. It is important to note that our lawsuits are NOT part of a class action. Each individual homeowner will have his or her own case based on their individual injuries, property value loss, and other damages. We realize that this cannot be handled with a “one size fits all approach” and we pride ourselves on delivering individualized representation. If you have additional questions, please contact us for a free consultation. There is no cost whatsoever and any litigation efforts will be handled on a contingency basis.
Do I have a claim?
In order to have a claim, you or a loved one must have owned a home in the Porter Ranch area as of October 23, 2015 or earlier. We are seeking clients with varying degrees of exposure and varying damages. Please feel free to call us or email us with your claim details and we will be happy to investigate your claim and answer any questions you may have.
Communications with SoCalGas
If you have received correspondence from Southern California Gas Company regarding relocation efforts and/or out of court settlement offers, you may want to consider contacting us before signing any documentation. You may be entitled to a lawsuit as a result of your damages and certain agreements may preclude your from future lawsuits.
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