Los Angeles, CA: An environmental class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of dozens of plaintiffs and Save Porter Ranch harmed by Southern California Gas Company's (SoCalGas) massive gas leak in Aliso Canyon. The suit names Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) and its California utility Southern California Gas Company as defendants.
As alleged in the class action complaint, "this case involves the massive leak that was discovered on or about October 23, 2015 next to the residential community of Porter Ranch. This gas is not from the region, but instead the gas is injected underground by Defendant Southern California Gas Company into illegally permitted wells.
In September of 2015, SoCalGas injected 5.7 billion cubic feet of gas underground near the residents of Porter Ranch. SoCalGas was injecting what is believed to be similar amounts of gas in October when one of the injection wells suffered a massive well failure and blowout, leading to the leak. The gas from this SoCalGas injection has now leaked into the air and into the water table."
The unprecedented leak has unleashed an uninterrupted flow of gases and fluids, including methane, methyl mercaptan, and aromatic hydrocarbons have sickened hundreds of the 30,000 residents who live in Porter Ranch and to workers in and near the area.
Plaintiffs are represented by The R. Rex Parris Law Firm.