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Fact vs. Fear in the Porter Ranch gas leak




Sue Francis holds a sign while attending a public hearing before the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) regarding a proposed stipulated abatement order to stop a nearby massive natural gas leak.
Sue Francis holds a sign while attending a public hearing before the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) regarding a proposed stipulated abatement order to stop a nearby massive natural gas leak.
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Last week the pile-on of lawsuits against Southern California Gas Company for its natural gas leak near Porter Ranch continued as California Attorney General Kamala Harris added her allegations of negligence and damage and L.A. County Dist.

Atty. Jackie Lacey filed four misdemeanor criminal charges against the gas company. Plaintiffs attorneys have been very active in the area, but as far as KPCC reporting has shown, most of the fear of health problems seems unsupported by the air monitoring thus far.

Meanwhile, more politicians are jumping in marked last week by L.A. City Councilman — and L.A. Board of Supervisors-hopeful — Mitch Englander.

Some of the actions could be seen as redundant. For instance, the gas company already said it's stopped injecting new gas into the storage fields. This was followed by a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) order, which was followed by legislation and then congressional action.

Today on AirTalk, we look at the fear vs. fact and the politics of the Porter Ranch gas leak.

Guests:

Sharon McNary, Infrastructure Reporter for Southern California Public Radio; she tweets from @KPCCsharon

Stephanie O’Neill, Health Care Correspondent for Southern California Public Radio; she tweets from @ReporterSteph