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Natural gas leak in Porter Ranch declared state of emergency by Gov. Brown




File: Trucks enter the gates of Southern California Gas Company property where Aliso Canyon Storage Field is located as people continue to be affected by a massive natural-gas leak in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of the of the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles on Dec. 22, 2015.
File: Trucks enter the gates of Southern California Gas Company property where Aliso Canyon Storage Field is located as people continue to be affected by a massive natural-gas leak in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of the of the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles on Dec. 22, 2015.
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After meeting with Porter Ranch residents and touring the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility earlier this week, California Gov. Jerry Brown officially declared a state of emergency on Wednesday due to the ongoing natural gas leak.

The leak was reported in October by the Southern California Gas Company and has since forced thousands of families to flee the area. 

Paula Cracium, president of the Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council, said that when she heard that Gov. Brown was going to be in San Bernardino, she called his office and arranged a meeting. 

"There was a lot of information I think that was new to him that we were able to bring to light," Cracium told Take Two. "We're very, very glad that we were able to be instrumental in just igniting that department to respond."

Cracium said that the governor's declaration's call for oversight was "huge" since there are so many agencies dealing with the issue.

"I don't think they're being casual about it," said Cracium. "I feel this is now on the forefront."

This story has been updated.

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