December 22, 2015 — The Los Angeles Times reports that the first injury lawsuits have been filed by several families sickened by a gas leak in Porter Ranch, California.
One lawsuit was filed by Brian and Christine Katz. They have five children and say their 2 year-old daughter Ava experienced the worst symptoms:
“She suffered from some type of seizure and spent four nights in ICU for ‘upper respiratory symptoms’ with no prior health problem. [Ava] is now listless, suffering from persistent rashes, and painful nausea.”
The gas leak was discovered on October 23 and was traced to a 2-inch pipe located about 500 feet underground. The pipe is owned by Southern California Gas Co. and located at a natural gas storage facility in Aliso Canyon.
SoCal Gas has failed to plug the well at least six times since October,according to the Los Angeles Times. Attempts to pump gravel and brine were unsuccessful, and now the company is drilling a relief well. Unfortunately, it will take three or four months before they reach the base of the well 8,700 feet underground.
Meanwhile, thousands of residents of Porter Ranch have been evacuated. However, some residents say action was not fast enough. It took three days before SoCal Gas notified local government officials and nearby residents. By that time, many residents were complaining about strong “rotten egg” odors and health problems, including:
- Shortness of breath
- And more
Most of the gas is methane, which is odorless and harmless. The smell comes from an additive called mercaptan, which can cause short-term health problems. The gas may also contain carcinogens like benzene and radon, though officials say levels detected so far are not associated with long-term health problems.
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