Natural Gas Leak Has Sickened or Displaced Hundreds of Area Residents
The national law firm of Baron & Budd is investigating potential
lawsuits against Southern California Gas Co. (SoCal Gas) and its parent
company, Sempra Energy, regarding a major gas leak in the Porter Ranch
residential area. The leak has sickened many people and displaced more
than a thousand area residents, according to an article
that appeared on the website of KNBC-TV.
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"This is an extremely disturbing incident that has not only led to a great amount of human suffering, but could also have a devastating impact on the surrounding environment," said Roland Tellis, co-manager of Baron & Budd's Los Angeles office. "We will work tirelessly to hold accountable the parties that are responsible for causing this disaster." (Photo: Business Wire)
On October 23, 2015, SoCal Gas detected a leak in a gas line near the
company’s Aliso Canyon facility. The leak was located in a pipe casing
buried hundreds of feet below the surface of a natural gas well. Since
then, natural gas has continued to flow into the ground and seep above
the surface, causing noxious odors.
Many residents have left the area as a result, and hundreds have
reported suffering health issues, according to the television station.
These health problems have included nosebleeds, severe coughing, upper
respiratory problems, rashes, nausea and more. While efforts are
underway to drill a relief well and cap the one that is leaking, it is
estimated the leak will take another three to four months to fully
According to KCET-TV, an estimated 50
metric tons of methane had leaked into the atmosphere each hour
since the incident. As of November 24, the television station reported,
enough methane had escaped to equal the amount of greenhouse gases
created by burning more than 900,000 pounds of coal.
“This is an extremely disturbing incident that has not only led to a
great amount of human suffering, but could also have a devastating
impact on the surrounding environment,” said Roland Tellis, co-manager
of Baron & Budd’s Los Angeles office. “We will work tirelessly to hold
accountable the parties that are responsible for causing this disaster.”
If you have been affected by the Porter Ranch gas leak, the national law
firm of Baron & Bud may be able to help. Please call 1.818.495.8861
to learn more about your potential legal options.
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