Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich criticized the Gas Company’s lawsuit attempting to invalidate a County Public Health Directive ordering the Gas Company to clean gas leak-impacted Porter Ranch homes as an astonishing affront to victims who continue to have health concerns.
“The Gas Company’s failure to clean up the mess from the nation’s largest gas leak is once again victimizing residents who are still concerned about health issues including headaches, bloody noses and dizziness,” he said.
As a result of the Gas Company’s chronic disregard for the well-being of residents, Antonovich receives dozens of requests for help weekly. As recently as yesterday, one resident’s request for help regarding an oily residue, that has continued to plague residents, fell on the Gas Company’s deaf ears. This story is by no means unique as the Gas Company appears to be more committed to skirting their responsibilities than resolving the problems that they created.
The lawsuit against the County seeks to nullify a directive by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health requiring the Gas Company to clean the interior of all homes in Porter Ranch. The Health Directive ordered the Gas Company to offer free comprehensive cleaning of all homes of individuals that: (1) participated in the relocation program; (2) are located in the Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council boundary; or (3) are located within five miles of the gas well and where residents have experienced symptoms.
After the Directive was issued on May 20, 2016, Superior Court Judge John Shepard Wiley Jr. ordered the Gas Company to pay for cleanings of all residents currently relocated. While the Gas Company did clean over 1000 homes of relocated residents, there were numerous problems with the cleanings not being done pursuant to the Department of Public Health’s cleaning protocol. Instead of cleaning the other homes covered by the Health Directive, the Gas Company has filed this lawsuit.