“While the temporary containment of the Aliso Canyon well is good news, the victims’ needs cannot be ignored,” said Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. “At last night’s Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council Meeting, where my staff and I were able to smell the gas leak, many residents felt the Gas Company had placed their welfare at the back of the bus.”
“Our residents, who have had to deal with this crisis since October 23rd and have had their holidays ruined and forced them out of their homes and schools, now have to bear the burden of rebuilding normal lives — still face uncertainty and fear of a repeated disaster from the remaining wells,” Antonovich added. “It is imperative that the Gas Company replace their eight day relocation provision and follow Public Health’s 30 day directive which the Board of Supervisors passed unanimously this past Tuesday. Eight days is an unacceptable amount of time for those who are working, in school, or who otherwise have had their lives disrupted to relocate once again. 30 days will allow for adequate testing and monitoring by public health officials working with the Air Quality Management District, and will help ensure the health and safety of the residents of our impacted communities.”
As of January 30, over 6,000 impacted households have been relocated since the Gas Company’s Aliso Canyon Storage Facility experienced a catastrophic leak at one of its incursion and extraction wells.