SoCalGas Continues to Deliver on its Commitment to Promptly Review and Process Reimbursements
Mar 25, 2016
LOS ANGELES, March 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today mailed more than 4,900 reimbursement checks, totaling $6 million to temporarily relocated residents. To date, the company has reviewed and processed more than 24,000 reimbursements totaling more than $48 million, delivering on a commitment it made to help residents who relocated return to their normal lives as seamlessly as possible.
SoCalGas is working around-the-clock to respond to every inquiry from every resident and to process reimbursement requests as expeditiously as possible. For the small number of relocated residents who may be experiencing difficulty with the reimbursement process, here are a few simple steps to take to minimize potential delays with reimbursement or claims requests.
SoCalGas has completed assessments on more than 300 homes reporting the presence of brown spots believed to be related to the once-leaking well at its Aliso Canyon storage facility. Cleaning has been completed at more than two dozen houses and 90 other homes have been scheduled. As homes continue to be assessed, additional cleanings will be scheduled. Earlier this month, SoCalGas completed cleaning private schools, and community playgrounds near the facility. To date, no brown spots associated with the Aliso Canyon storage facility have been identified indoors.
Sampling results reviewed by both a toxicologist and a medical expert suggest that the brown spots do not pose a health risk. However, SoCalGas will continue to assess properties reported to have brown spots present and will provide cleaning services for those homes that have brown spots after that assessment.
Since October 30, 2015, regulatory air quality and health agencies, have analyzed more than 4,700 outdoor air samples in the Porter Ranch area. These experts consistently report that the data indicate the air quality in the community is at typical, pre-leak levels, similar to elsewhere in the Los Angeles basin.
Throughout the incident, air samples for benzene and other compounds were found to be at, or near levels seen in the rest of the county, and below levels of concern. Furthermore, third party indoor air screening of more than 70 homes showed typical levels of methane, and did not detect mercaptans or other sulfur compounds associated with natural gas at any levels. The once-leaking well has now been confirmed sealed for more than a month.
Still, since the leak began, and in response to concerns expressed by residents, SoCalGas has installed more than 26,000 air filtration systems in nearly 9,000 homes, schools and businesses.
Providing dedicated customer service and helping residents who relocated return to their normal lives as seamlessly as possible are commitments SoCalGas made to emphasize the company's dedication to restoring trust and continuing support for the community.
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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SOURCE Southern California Gas Company
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