Thursday, February 18, 2016

SoCal Gas has Plugged the damn Hole

As another Lame Cherry exclusive in matter anti matter.

I wanted to post the official response of SoCal Gas as they were nothing but courteous and helpful when I was writing the series of articles on the well blow out in California. I sincerely hope this company is not penalized by California over this, but that bigger problem of what I uncovered is focused upon.

The good news is, the gas well has been sealed, and certified by the state of California. It will never be used again, which in some ways puts a worse burden on consumers in California who need gas to heat their homes, as they do need storage.

Whatever works out in this, of all the horrid people and corporations in this world, I can tell you that SoCal was one of the few who treated this blog nicely and for that they will have a great deal of support in the coverage of this story if it is necessary to add more posts to it.

SoCalGas Updates: Officials Confirm Aliso Canyon Well Permanently Sealed 

Dear Neighbor,

Thank you for your patience over the past few months as we have worked to stop the leak at our Aliso Canyon storage facility.  Our operation to stop the flow of gas more than 8,000 feet below the ground has been a complicated effort involving world class technical experts, state and local government officials and emergency responders.  It has been our highest and most urgent priority to safely stop the leak.

Today, the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) confirmed that the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak has been stopped, and the well has been permanently sealed and taken out of service.

As agreed to with the Los Angeles City Attorney, residents who have temporarily relocated to hotels or with family or friends have until Thursday, February 25, 2016 to transition back home.  Residents who have relocated to rental housing may continue to remain through the SoCalGas agreed term of their leases. We will work with residents with disabilities or access and functional needs (e.g., a physical mobility issue or other access and functional need) on a case-by-case basis to consider other arrangements.

We realize that those of you who relocated may still have questions as you begin to make arrangements for your family to return home.  We have created a return home information page to answer your questions and help facilitate a smoother return home. We have also created a Community Liaison program, where families in the Porter Ranch area who are relocated or have requested or inquired about services are assigned a liaison to follow up and assist.  All relocated families have been assigned a liaison to assist them, and the liaisons are contacting families this week.

We are working with state officials and an independent expert chosen by the California Public Utilities Commission as we proceed in our investigation to determine the cause of this leak and ensure that Aliso Canyon remains safe.  To stay informed on our progress, please visit or call the Aliso Hotline at 818-435-7707.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Nuff Said