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Month: March 2016

Health Officials Begin Indoor Air Testing For Porter Ranch Residents

By: Jeffrey Thomas DeSocio

“Los Angeles County health officials will begin indoor air testing at homes in the Porter Ranch area Friday to determine if there are chemicals still lingering in the atmosphere following the nearly four-month natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon storage facility.
The testing comes as thousands of Porter Ranch-area residents who are living in temporary housing funded by Southern California Gas Co. await word from an appeals court on when they might need to move home.
Health officials, with the assistance of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and UCLA, plan to conduct tests in 100 homes in Porter Ranch, along with 10 homes outside of the area to provide baseline readings…”

SMS Law’s Adi Sarbaz, Esq. Featured In Daily News Article Regarding Consolidation of Lawsuits Against SoCalGas

“With Southern California Gas Co. facing at least 100 lawsuits over the massive Aliso Canyon gas leak, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Friday that all the lawsuits should be consolidated.

Judge Emilie Elias’s ruling means the disparate lawsuits will fall under one umbrella, which speeds up the legal process. One attorney, for instance, could do depositions of SoCalGas workers that could be used in all the court cases…

Adi Sarbaz, an attorney representing 25 Porter Ranch residents in a lawsuit, described his clients’ symptoms to a reporter at Friday’s hearing: ‘A lot of people have nosebleeds, respiratory problems. Some are minors, some are adults…’ “

Deadline To Return Home Extended

LA Times –

“Southern California Gas Co. will have to continue paying for temporary accommodations for Porter Ranch residents who do not believe it is safe to move home in the wake of the largest methane leak in U.S. history, an appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The California 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected the gas company’s argument that residents should immediately vacate their hotels and other temporary homes now that the gas leak has been fixed.

Customers will now have until March 18 to move home…”

Porter Ranch Residents Return To Find Oily Substance Covering Homes, Inside and Out

“Families in Porter Ranch were speaking out Tuesday about an oily substance that was being found all over their homes and yards. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has warned residents not to touch the substance because it can cause rashes. Steve Kuzj reports from Porter Ranch for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.”

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