It’s completely unclear whether the residents are going to get these things. Two state agencies, the California Air Resources Board and the South Coast Air Quality Management District, are testing the air in the area, but Senator Barbara Boxer and residents are both pushing for an independent study, or one by the Environmental Protection Agency. A SoCal Gas Company spokesman wouldn’t even comment on the possibility of a network of infrared cameras to monitor the gas field, and would only say, “We know we’ve angered people, but SoCal Gas is committed to doing everything we can to regain trust and make sure this never happens again.”
Even after the troublesome well is permanently sealed up, the saga isn’t over for SoCal Gas, or for any of the many people and parties taking them to court. The gas company is facing a whopping 67 lawsuits, both criminal and civil, as a result of the nearly-four-month-long leak. The state’s Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources is also in the process of learning from this whole disaster, “updating all of the regulations that cover natural gas storage.” So there might be a whole new batch of rules for them to comply with eventually too.
· Porter Ranch-area residents call for cameras, tests and other safety measures [LAT]
· What Happens in Porter Ranch Now That the Enormous Gas Leak is Finally Plugged? [Curbed LA]
· SoCal Gas Company Knew It Had Failing Pipes at Site of Massive Porter Ranch Gas Leak [Curbed LA]