LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced it has reached an agreement with the Los Angeles City Attorney to provide residents who temporarily relocated as a result of the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak more time to transition back to their homes.
SoCalGas will now offer residents who had chosen to relocate to short-term temporary housing (such as hotels) up to eight days/seven nights in their temporary housing after the state's Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) confirms that the leak has stopped. This provides relocated residents with more flexibility than under the temporary relocation plan adopted last December, approved by the City Attorney and the Los Angeles Superior Court, which allowed for 48 hours to transition back home.
SoCalGas will continue to honor the terms of leases for those who opted for longer-term housing and for all residents relocated to apartments or single family homes, SoCalGas will reimburse moving expenses up to $500.00. Relocated residents who have special circumstances, specifically disabilities or functional needs that may require additional arrangements, and residents relocated with similar extraordinary circumstances, will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Lastly, SoCalGas will reimburse reasonable mileage expenses through the rest of the school year for residents who reenrolled their children in schools outside the Porter Ranch area.
"After listening to the community, SoCalGas and the City Attorney's office have come to an agreement that we both believe is reasonable and will now provide residents with eight days to return to their homes. The start of the transition period will begin after DOGGR confirms that the leak has stopped," said Gillian Wright, vice president of customer services for SoCalGas. "We are glad to offer additional time to help make relocated residents' transitions back home smoother."
SoCalGas expects to stop the leak by the end of February, if not sooner. In the meantime, residents impacted by the leak can find information about services available to them at:
- SoCalGas Community Resource Center, located at 19731 Rinaldi Street, Northridge 91326
About SoCalGas: Southern California Gas Co.
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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