Porter Ranch: Returning Residents Find Oily Residue Coating Homes


PORTER RANCH, CA – Some families returning to Porter Ranch following the methane gas leak are finding brownish spots – oil residue – coating their homes inside and out.

LA County Health is telling residents to avoid suspicious growth in gardens and not to eat anything with those brownish spots.

In a statement, SoCalGas spokesperson Chris Gilbride said: “According to the Los Angeles Department of Health, ‘the presence of these spots poses minimal health risk, but residents should avoid touching these spots, as they may cause skin irritation, and they should avoid eating garden-grown fruits and vegetables with visible spots’.

“SoCalGas has analyzed several spot samples for hydrocarbons and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and the levels detected do not raise health concerns,” the statement added.

Residents are saying that the residue has affected their drapes and clothes in their closets. Some said “when you touch it, it’s a little oily and with some little black spots, and there was a smell inside the house”.