“Today’s action by the Superior Court extends the relocation plan at least through June 7, supporting the Los Angeles County’s position that public health must be the top priority,” said Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. “This is a major victory for our residents who must have the assurance that it is safe to return to their homes before the Gas Company terminates reimbursement of relocation expenses.”
The ruling (below) placed the responsibility for this problem where it belongs and stated, “Because it created the community-wide problem, SoCalGas must bear the cost of uncertainty until diligent public officials have scientific results for residents who are eager to return home.”
The Department of Public Health, in conjunction with UCLA and the EPA will continue their testing and lab results will be available in May. The court also ordered the parties to file and upload a joint status report no later than May 31st.