The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich to send a 5-signature letter to the Gas Company and the L.A. City Attorney urging them to work with County Department of Public Health and the Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and continue paying relocation fees for dislocated residents up to 30 days after the Aliso Canyon gas leak is officially capped.
In a weekend negotiation, the Gas Company and the City of Los Angeles agreed to a 7-night, 8-day timeframe by when residents must return to their residence otherwise reimbursement for relocation expenses will stop.
“The County Department of Public Health has determined that once the well is sealed and the emissions cease, the time needed for a comprehensive evaluation of the air monitoring results is 30 days,” said Supervisor Antonovich. “An 8-day limit victimizes the victims once again.”
Since it began on Oct. 23, the gas leak has severely disrupted the lives of thousands of families over the Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s holidays. They have had to find alternate housing for themselves and their pets. Over 2,200 air quality complaints and reports of illness have been filed, two schools have been closed, multiple lawsuits filed — and there have been 7,250 requests made for relocation; nearly 5000 residents relocated; and over 3,000 air purifiers installed.