SoCalGas Responds to Court Decision Ending Relocation Program
Los Angeles County Superior Court Defines Terms of Ending Relocation Program for Porter Ranch Area Residents Affected by the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak
May 20, 2016
LOS ANGELES, May 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Los Angeles County Superior Court provided a clear pathway and timeline for those who remain relocated to return home and rejoin their communities. Under the ruling, SoCalGas will provide and pay for professional home cleaning for relocated residents who request it. The cleaning will be done according to the Department of Public Health's proposed protocol.
"Serving the community has always been a priority for SoCalGas and based on the data released by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH), and confirmed by our experts, the homes are safe today," said SoCalGas Vice President of Customer Services Gillian Wright. "We will comply with the Court's order and continue to support the remaining relocated residents as they transition back to their homes."
The County of Los Angeles and SoCalGas had agreed the relocation program injunction should end. Judge John Shepard Wiley, Jr. decreed the injunction will end as safely and as soon as possible, under the terms of his court order.
Relocated residents currently in hotels or staying with Friends and Family have until Wednesday, May 25 at 5:00 p.m. to accept cleaning. All other relocated residents have until Friday, May 27 at 5:00 p.m. to accept cleaning. Relocated residents will have 48 hours to exit the relocation program after their house has been cleaned. Families with long term leases may stay in their rentals until the end of their lease. Relocated residents who affirmatively decline cleaning, or who do not respond with their selection by the required deadline, will have 48 hours to exit the program. The goal is to complete all cleaning by June 7, 2016. Relocated residents who choose cleaning may decline cleaning steps that can damage walls, carpet or upholstery.
In addition to normal operating hours, SoCalGas will open the Community Resource Center this coming Sunday and Monday, days it has recently been closed, to address the needs of residents who may have questions about the termination of the relocation program. Hours on Sunday will be 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Monday hours will be 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Over the past several months, our dedicated employees, many of whom live in Porter Ranch, have served more than 30,000 resident visits at our Community Resource Center, provided temporary housing for 8,000 families, processed more than 41,000 reimbursements totaling $78 million, installed 38,000 air filtration systems, and cleaned public parks, playgrounds, and schools.
We continue to work quickly to process reimbursements, and we will deliver on our promise to mitigate the actual natural gas released from the leak.
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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