State of Emergency in LA County
Thousands of residents have been evacuated from Porter Ranch, California due to a massive gas leak. Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency.
Though the leak started back in October, residents have complained that Brown has not been “actively involved” in providing a solution to the problem.
The Governor met with residents Monday and voiced his concern about the well-being of those living in the area. Those effected have reported suffering from nausea, headaches, and bloody noses.
A secondary problem for Porter Ranch homeowners is the drop in property values resulting from the gas leak. Experts in real estate have said that the property values have drastically declined since the October incident.
Governor Brown’s declaring the state of emergency happened just one day after Los Angeles County supervisors voted to send a letter to Brown and legislative leaders. In it, they are calling for immediate modernization of inspection technologies and an update to the archaic regulatory process.
According to the LA Times:
The letter also will call for the state to establish an independent panel of experts to oversee the inspection and repair of remaining wells across the region and in communities with facilities similar to the one outside Porter Ranch.
Those include wells and storage sites near Santa Barbara, Los Angeles International Airport and Valencia, supervisors said.
The letter must have spurred the Governor into action.
In addition to his meeting with locals, Brown released a statement in which he assured “all state agencies will utilize state personnel, equipment, and facilities to ensure a continuous and thorough state response to this incident.”
The Southern California Gas Co. is currently prohibited by the state from putting any more gas into the Aliso Canyon storage facility where the leak has occurred. The company is constructing relief wells, but has yet to specify how they will stop the leak if those fail to seal it.
Costs resulting from the state of emergency caused by the leak and the response to it are the responsibility of the South California Gas Co., as well.
© 2016 Vianna Vaughan
source: LA Times