LOS ANGELES- SoCalGas has announced in a press release important progress on its commitment to accelerate the inspection of storage wells at Aliso Canyon.
The company recently began monitoring each well at the Aliso Canyon storage facility using infrared technology that can detect leaks. In addition, new, daily measurements and monitoring of well pressures began earlier this week.
The acceleration of these well inspections is one of five commitments SoCalGas made to the Porter Ranch community to emphasize the company’s dedication to restoring trust and continuing to support the community.
SoCalGas continues to offer exterior home cleaning for the homeowners who have reported brown spots they believe to be related to the leaking well. Spots have generally been reported on outside surfaces. However, the company will also assess reports of residue on surfaces inside homes.
Sampling results reviewed by both a toxicologist and a medical expert suggest that the residue does not pose a health risk. However, the company says it is providing cleaning services for residents or reimbursing residents who have already had the residue cleaned.
Residue is not likely to have gotten into duct systems of residences because the vast majority of residential Forced Air Heating & Air Conditioning systems are sealed and do not pull in outside air, according to SoCalGas, adding that “for the very few systems that take in a small amount of outside air, the filter should capture particles before the air is circulated.”
Extensive and continued testing and analysis by health and air quality experts, including the County, show that the air in the community has completely returned to normal. The majority of residents never left Porter Ranch and many others who were once relocated have returned home.
The company has 100 community liaisons available to assist residents with any questions they have, as well as approximately 150 claims representatives to provide reimbursement checks as efficiently as possible.
SoCalGas announced in a statement that they had mailed approximately 2,200 mileage reimbursement checks totaling approximately $1.9 million.
The California Public Utilities Commission Safety Enforcement Division (SED) and the Department of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) are also onsite at the Aliso Canyon Storage facility to oversee the process of determining the cause of the leak. SED and DOGGR have selected an independent third-party contractor to conduct a root cause analysis, and SoCalGas continues to cooperate with all agencies during the investigation.
The findings will be made public once they are available.
SoCalGas is in the process of measuring the actual amount of gas released and should have results to share publically within the next several weeks.
In addition, the statement added, “the company continues to develop a framework to mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the leak.”