End in Sight for Porter Ranch Gas Leak
Nearly five months have passed since the October 23 Porter Ranch gas leak
and officials are now confirming that the gas leak is temporarily stopped, but will not be plugged permanently until the end of February or early March. Southern California Gas Co. discovered the leak from an underground well in the vast Aliso Canyon Storage Complex north of Porter Ranch.
Due to the leak, thousands of Porter Ranch and neighboring community residents have been relocated to temporary housing. People have been experiencing health issues such as headaches, nausea, nosebleeds, and dizziness. With so many people suffering from this ecological disaster, Governor Brown declared a State of Emergency on January 6. Los Angeles County also filed criminal charges against Southern California Gas Co. on February 2, and ten other state, federal or local agencies are suing and/or investigating the company.