Criminal Charges Filed Over Porter Ranch Gas Leak

If you live near the Los Angeles suburb of Porter Ranch, there is no doubt you are already familiar with the massive uncontrolled natural gas leak that is presently causing large numbers of people in the area to fall ill.  The leak, which sprung from a natural gas facility owned by Southern California Gas Company, has been ongoing since October and is allegedly releasing more than 30,000 kilograms of methane per hour—that’s roughly the equivalent of what 1.4 million cars would produce in the same time frame, according to EPA estimates.

What you may not know about the Porter Ranch gas leak even if you do live close by is that the LA County District Attorney’s Office just filed criminal charges against Southern California Gas Company, alleging that it failed to timely report the leak to the authorities.  The charges could result in fines as large as $25,000 a day for each day the leak went unreported, and $1,000 a day for each day the well has subsequently polluted the air.  An arraignment is scheduled for February 17th in Santa Clarita.

If you or anyone you know has suffered injuries as a result of the Porter Ranch gas leak, please do not hesitate to contact our office for a free consultation.  In the mean time, we will continue to provide updates as this critical situation develops.