Southern California Gas Agrees To Pay $4M After Leak Sickens Porter Ranch Residents
The settlement covers criminal charges. The utility company will likely face civil cases from residents. Many living in the Porter Ranch area of the San Fernando Valley experienced health issues as a result of the methane-gas leak.
Los Angeles Times:
Southern California Gas To Pay $4-Million Settlement Over Massive Porter Ranch Gas Leak
Southern California Gas Co. agreed to pay $4 million to settle criminal charges over the massive gas leak near Porter Ranch last year, but the utility still faces potentially costly civil actions from both residents and regulators. The settlement ends a prosecution brought by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, which accused the gas company of failing to properly notify authorities when the largest recorded methane leak in U.S. history first occurred. The leak forced thousands of residents to flee their homes for months as officials worked to cap the leak. (Walton, 9/13)
The Associated Press:
Prosecutor Reaches $4M Settlement With Utility For Gas Leak
A utility that owns a well that leaked massive amounts of natural gas and drove thousands of families from their Los Angeles homes pleaded no contest to a criminal charge Tuesday as part of a $4 million settlement with prosecutors. ... The well that wasn't plugged until February led more than 8,000 families to move out of their homes in the Porter Ranch area of the San Fernando Valley. Many experienced headaches, nosebleeds and nausea during the event that scientists said was the largest known release of climate-changing methane in U.S. history. (Melley, 9/13)