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Hailing today’s ruling as a victory for the victims of Porter Ranch who have been displaced by the Aliso Canyon gas leak, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announced that Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle has granted a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to require the Gas Company to extend the period it will pay for relocation expenses to March 18 — at which point all parties are ordered to appear back in court for a status review and resolution of the matter. The Gas Company and the City of Los Angeles had reached an agreement allowing only eight days; ignoring input from LA County and the Department of Public Health, which sought 30 days to conduct proper testing.
“This is the first time that justice has been rendered in helping these victims,” said Supervisor Antonovich. “The Gas Company created this crisis after years of poor oversight by state regulatory agencies, the Governor, and the Gas Company.”
Based on an agreement reached between the Gas Company and the City Attorney’s Office earlier this month, today was the last day Porter Ranch residents displaced in hotels could be reimbursed, forcing them to return to their homes before all appropriate testing had been completed by the Department of Public Health and the Air Quality Management District. The initial agreement reached between the Gas Company and the City of Los Angeles only provided residents with 48 hours to return to their homes once the well was capped.
“Judge Berle’s ruling now extends the reimbursement period to March 18 which allows residents with the opportunity to reestablish their lives and have the peace of mind that the proper testing has been completed.”