Southern California Gas Co. said Monday, Jan. 18 that it has abandoned a plan to capture and burn the leaking natural gas that has forced thousands of Porter Ranch residents to relocate, citing safety concerns.
The company made the decision after consulting with state agencies, including the South Coast Air Quality Management District, before concluding that none of the designs could provide “the safety level that SoCalGas believes is required.”
The state Public Utilities Commission had given the gas company a Jan. 19 deadline to address concerns about capturing and burning the gas, noting that the design calls for blowers with electric motors that could spark an explosion.
L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich joined U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer and other state and local officials insisting on air-quality testing before Porter Ranch-area residents who have been relocated return home.
In Porter Ranch, residents are reporting a range of symptoms related to the gas leak. Some with bloody noses and headaches; others with nothing -- even within the same family. Resident Patrick Perez shares how his family has been affected.
Our family is divided. My wife thinks that her health and my kids’ health has been adversely affected. I spend time away at work and I have not been feeling anything. My wife has had bloody spotting from her nose and muscle spasms. Our kids initially hid from us that they had experienced dizziness because they thought we would blame the iPad.
Next week U.S. Sens. Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer will try to add an amendment to energy legislation under consideration in the Senate. It would require Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to conduct a review and make recommendations about stopping the leak and preventing future ones.