Southern California Gas Aliso Canyon Progress Update
Relief Well Operations Advancing On-Schedule into Fourth of Five Phases; Efforts to Alleviate Community Concerns, Reduce Emissions Continue
Jan 13, 2016
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) continues to work as quickly and safely as possible to stop the natural gas leak at its Aliso Canyon Storage Facility while reducing the odor reaching the community. The update below covers events and activities for the time period January 4-13, 2016. More information on the topics below is available by calling the media hotline at (877) 643-2331 or visiting www.AlisoUpdates.com.
Resident Relocations Continue
Progress on the Stopping the Leak—Relief Well in Phase 4
The relief well process is scheduled to be complete sometime between late-February and late-March. A fact sheet on the relief well can be found on the SoCalGas newsroom: https://www.socalgas.com/newsroom. All work continues in conjunction with multiple agencies including: Los Angeles County and City Fire, California Office of Emergency Services, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Research (DOGGR), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CalOSHA), to oversee the operation and worker safety.
Sen. Fran Pavley's Legislative Proposals
SoCalGas appreciates the legislators' interest in the topic and looks forward to participating in the public discussion. As we have since this incident began, SoCalGas stands willing and ready to cooperate with the Governor's office, all state and local officials, and regulatory agencies.
Air Quality and Public Health Information
SoCalGas continues to conduct twice daily air sampling both at the leak site and within the community. Results are posted on its website.
The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has completed its review of the available data and has noted that "...the available Porter Ranch neighborhood air sample data does not indicate that an acute toxicity health hazard exists in the Porter Ranch neighborhood due to the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak." More information can be found on the OEHHA website.
Also, according to the Los Angeles County of Department of Public Health, (LA County DPH) Aliso Canyon Gas Leak Health Fact Sheet, Mercaptans, the odorant in the gas emitting from Aliso Canyon, may cause eye, nose and throat irritation, coughing and nasal congestion, shortness of breath, nausea, stomach discomfort, dizziness and headaches. A number of the residents of Porter Ranch have reported experiencing one or more of these symptoms. However, according to the LA County DPH, this odorant is not associated with long-term health effects, though symptoms may recur on a daily basis as long as the odors remain.
Schools Back in Session
SoCalGas Appears at Jan. 9 AQMD Hearing
SoCalGas recognizes that expert public agency involvement and oversight is essential to assuring neighbors, customers and the general public that this accident is being addressed as safely and expeditiously as possible. This is SoCalGas' highest priority.
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SOURCE Southern California Gas Co.
For further information: SoCalGas, Media Hotline: 877.643.2331 or 858-740-8121, socalgas.com/news-room, @SoCalGasNews