Environment & Science

Porter Ranch: Residents will get more time to move home after leak is stopped

File: Matt Pakucko, president and co-founder of Save Porter Ranch, speaks to the media during a press conference on a gas leak in Porter Ranch after a regular Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015.
File: Matt Pakucko, president and co-founder of Save Porter Ranch, speaks to the media during a press conference on a gas leak in Porter Ranch after a regular Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015.
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Porter Ranch residents were only set to get 48 hours to move home from temporary accommodations after the gas leak is stopped under a proposal from the Southern California Gas Company, but now they're set to get more time under a deal between SoCal Gas and Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, according to a press release.

“After finding their lives upended for months, Porter Ranch residents deserve a reasonable amount of time to move back into their homes — following independent assurance the leak truly has been stopped," Feuer said in the release.

L.A. City Councilmember Mitchell Englander is asking the Department of Oil and Geothermal Resources to work with the L.A. County Department of Health to make sure that the homes of those affected are safe before they return, according to the release.

The key points of the new agreement, according to the release:

"The previous 48-hour timeframe proposed by SoCal Gas was unreasonable and inhumane," Englander said in the release. "This is not just about returning home, it is about a safe return home."

That's not good enough for Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who represents Porter Ranch and surrounding communities. He wants SoCal Gas to continue paying relocation costs for up to 30 days after the leak is declared fixed.

“The County Department of Public Health has determined that once the once the well is sealed and the emissions cease, the time needed for a comprehensive evaluation of the air monitoring results is 30 days,”  Antonovich said in a statement.

He has called on fellow supervisors to sign onto a  letter to the gas company and Feuers office urging them to reconsider the deadline.