Aliso Canyon Gas Leak - Incident Update - February 8, 2016

Feb 8, 2016

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

SoCalGas Operations Update

SoCalGas continues to make progress on relief well number one, reaching a measured depth of 8,600 feet. The closer crews get to the intercept point, the more analysis and precision is required, so the process necessarily slows down. Multiple ranging runs were completed this past week to confirm the position and relationship to the target well. Each of these shorter interval drilling and ranging runs will enhance certainty in positioning the relief well with the intercept point. As we've stated previously, we remain on schedule to stop the leak by late February or sooner. Crews continue to set up rig equipment on relief well number two.

SoCalGas Extends Time for Relocated Residents to Return Home

SoCalGas today announced it reached an agreement with the Los Angeles City Attorney to provide residents who chose to temporarily relocate as a result of the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak more time to transition back to their homes. Get more information here:

Evaluation of Health Concerns by Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

OEHHA has evaluated air sample data collected by SoCalGas at several locations in the Porter Ranch neighborhood.

"OEHHA's evaluation to date has concluded:

  1. The symptoms reported by many Porter Ranch residents can be attributed to odorants in the natural gas. The natural gas odorants have strong odors which can be perceived at concentrations below the levels that can be measured in air samples.  These odors can evoke physiological responses (e.g. nausea, headaches) without inducing more serious or longer-lasting health effects, such as eye or respiratory system damage.
  2. Overall, the available air sample data does not indicate that an acute health hazard exists from any of the volatile organic chemicals measured, including benzene, in the Porter Ranch neighborhood as a result of the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak.
  3. Current measured exposures to benzene are below the level of concern for chronic health effects.
  4. Benzene is a cancer-causing chemical. Any increase in cancer risk to people in the area due to benzene emissions from the natural gas leak is likely very small. Nearly all measured benzene concentrations in the Porter Ranch community during the leak are similar to background levels generally found in the Los Angeles area, including at the nearest long-term monitoring station in Burbank."

SoCalGas Recognizes the Impact on the Community

SoCalGas is working every day to address concerns of members of the community, whether they've chosen to take advantage of temporary housing accommodations or have remained in Porter Ranch. SoCalGas has established multiple ways to support residents during this unfortunate situation. We have set up a dedicated website, a Community Resource Center, and dedicated phone lines for claims or temporary relocation assistance.

Relocation Updates

As of Feb. 7, 2016, 1,662 (more than a third) of the residents who chose to relocate have checked out of their temporary accommodations.

  • Households placed: 4,505
  • Households in progress: 840
  • Households checked out: 1,662
  • Air scrubbers installed in homes: 5300
  • Weatherization of homes: 5236
  • Plug-in air filters delivered to homes: 3,060
  • Plug-in air filters delivered to schools: 1,756

About Southern California Gas Co: Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) 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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Southern California Gas Co. is the nation's largest natural gas distribution utility, providing safe and reliable energy to 20.9 million consumers through nearly 5.8 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. Southern California Gas Co. is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy. (PRNewsFoto/Southern California Gas Company)

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