Environment & Science

Porter Ranch: Video shows gas leak capped, but Boxer wants independent assurances

File: Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) talks to reporters before heading into a members-only classified briefing about Syria at the U.S. Capitol Sept. 3, 2013 in Washington, DC.
File: Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) talks to reporters before heading into a members-only classified briefing about Syria at the U.S. Capitol Sept. 3, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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Southern California Gas temporarily capped the natural gas leak that has been spewing in Aliso Canyon since Oct. 23, 2015. A video from the California Air Resources Board shows a seven-minute time lapse from an infrared camera showing the cloud of gas disappear as workers contain the leak. 

Gas Leak temporarily contained

Once the gas leak is completely contained, SoCal Gas has agreed that people living in temporary housing paid for by the utility company get eight days and seven nights to leave that housing

But Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) called at a Friday press conference for an independent audit of the community's air quality to make sure it's safe and clean.

"Before these families return home, they will need to know with certainty that the air will be safe to breathe and their homes will be safe to occupy," Boxer said.

The senator met with residents of Porter Ranch, a community affected by the gas leak.

SoCal Gas said in a press release that it will continue to work with the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) to permanently seal the well, but Sen. Barbara Boxer said at the press conference that DOGGR's reputation is not "good enough." 

Boxer said that the audit should be done by either the Environmental Protection Agency or independent researchers.

"We are dealing with entities that have not been trustworthy, that's why we see the DA and the city attorney getting involved," Boxer said. "People weren't told the truth, and now they want to know what the truth is."