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US Gas blowout near Los Angeles leads to up to $1.8B settlement

02:40  28 september  2021
02:40  28 september  2021 Source:   msn.com

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LOS ANGELES - After nearly six years of litigation, Southern California Gas Co. and its parent company, Sempra Energy, will pay up to $ 1 . 8 billion to settle the claims of more than 35,000 victims of the 2015 Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility blowout near Porter Ranch, attorneys for the plaintiffs announced Monday. The Aliso Canyon blowout remains the biggest natural gas leak in U.S. history. Sempra and SoCalGas have denied wrongdoing. Subject to certain conditions, the settlement money will be allocated among the plaintiffs in accordance with an protocol developed by neutral, independent allocators

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of families sickened and forced from their Los Angeles homes after the nation’s largest-known natural gas leak have reached a settlement of up to $1.8 billion with a utility, attorneys said Monday.

FILE - This Jan. 12, 2017, file photo shows gas gathering plant on a hilltop at the Southern California Gas Company's Aliso Canyon storage facility near the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles. Attorneys for families sickened and forced from their Los Angeles homes after the nation's largest-known natural gas leak have reached a $1.8 billion settlement with the utility. The settlement announced Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, with Southern California Gas Co. and its parent company will compensate 35,000 plaintiffs from the 2015 blowout that took nearly four months to contain. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - This Jan. 12, 2017, file photo shows gas gathering plant on a hilltop at the Southern California Gas Company's Aliso Canyon storage facility near the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles. Attorneys for families sickened and forced from their Los Angeles homes after the nation's largest-known natural gas leak have reached a $1.8 billion settlement with the utility. The settlement announced Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, with Southern California Gas Co. and its parent company will compensate 35,000 plaintiffs from the 2015 blowout that took nearly four months to contain. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The settlement with Southern California Gas Co. and its parent company, Sempra Energy, will compensate 35,000 plaintiffs from the 2015 blowout that took nearly four months to control.

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Hundreds of Los Angeles homeowners who live near the site of the worst U.S. methane leak have filed claims against state regulators and the governor, seeking .5 million each in damages for government failures they blame for the gas blowout . A Shariah court last month sentenced each man to 80 strokes, but they received 77 to compensate for time spent in prison. Morality offenses including gay sex can be punished by up to 100 lashes. On the same day, a woman and man were each given 20 lashes for being caught in close proximity to each other, and two men were given 40 lashes each for drinking alcohol.

Judge Carolyn Kuhl in Los Angeles Superior Court signed off Monday on a deal that environmentalists criticized as too favorable to Southern California Gas Co. The settlement between SoCalGas and California and the city of Los Angeles calls for mitigating the massive amount of climate-changing methane that spewed for nearly four months from a 2015 blowout at the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility. A shortage of talent has pushed companies to offer sign-on bonuses of up to 0,000 for some high-end speciality jobs, an analysis of job advertisements from 4,000 of the world’s largest companies concluded.

The Aliso Canyon blowout led to the largest-known release of methane in U.S. history and was blamed for sickening thousands of residents who moved out of homes near the San Fernando Valley to escape a sulfurous stench and maladies including headaches, nausea and nose bleeds.

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2016, file photo, protesters wearing gas masks, attend a hearing over a gas leak at the southern California Gas Company's Aliso Canyon Storage Facility near the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles. Attorneys for families sickened and forced from their Los Angeles homes after the nation's largest-known natural gas leak, have reached a $1.8 billion settlement with a utility. The settlement announced Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, with Southern California Gas Co. and its parent company will compensate 35,000 plaintiffs from the 2015 blowout that took nearly four months to contain. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2016, file photo, protesters wearing gas masks, attend a hearing over a gas leak at the southern California Gas Company's Aliso Canyon Storage Facility near the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles. Attorneys for families sickened and forced from their Los Angeles homes after the nation's largest-known natural gas leak, have reached a $1.8 billion settlement with a utility. The settlement announced Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, with Southern California Gas Co. and its parent company will compensate 35,000 plaintiffs from the 2015 blowout that took nearly four months to contain. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

The plaintiffs alleged personal injury for their illnesses and property damage to their homes. SoCalGas spent more than $1 billion on the the blowout — with most going to temporarily relocate 8,000 families. The utility has faced more than 385 lawsuits on behalf of 48,000 people.

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FILE - In this May 15, 2016 file photo people chant slogans during a protest outside the Aliso Canyon storage facility, in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles. Attorneys for families of the Aliso Canyon blowout, sickened and forced from their Los Angeles homes after the nation's largest-known natural gas leak, have reached a $1.8 billion settlement with a utility. The settlement announced Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, with Southern California Gas Co. and its parent company will compensate 35,000 plaintiffs from the 2015 blowout that took nearly four months to contain. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this May 15, 2016 file photo people chant slogans during a protest outside the Aliso Canyon storage facility, in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles. Attorneys for families of the Aliso Canyon blowout, sickened and forced from their Los Angeles homes after the nation's largest-known natural gas leak, have reached a $1.8 billion settlement with a utility. The settlement announced Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, with Southern California Gas Co. and its parent company will compensate 35,000 plaintiffs from the 2015 blowout that took nearly four months to contain. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)

“Our goal has always been obtaining justice for the men, women and children who were failed by SoCalGas throughout every turn of this catastrophe," attorney Brian Panish said in a statement.

Plaintiffs alleged they suffered personal injury and property damage after a natural gas storage well failed and uncontrollably released nearly 100,000 tons of methane and other substances into the atmosphere over 118 days.

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SoCalGas said it would record an after-tax charge of approximately $1.1 billion this month and expects total settlement payments of up to $1.85 billion. The agreement is subject to about 97% of plaintiffs accepting it and could be reduced if fewer agree.

“These agreements are an important milestone that will help the community and our company work toward putting this difficult chapter behind us,” said Scott Drury, CEO of SoCalGas.

Matt Pakucko, founder of Save Porter Ranch, issued a statement repeating his call for the permanent shutdown of the facility, where natural gas is stored beneath a mountain in vacant, old oil wells.

“You can’t put a price tag on human suffering," he said. "SoCalGas’ devastating blowout will never be behind us until the Aliso Canyon storage facility is shut down and the danger it poses to the community is permanently eliminated. We are nowhere near a resolution.”

State regulators found the gas company failed to investigate previous well failures at the storage site and didn’t adequately assess its aging wells for disaster potential before the Oct. 23, 2015, blowout.

SoCalGas previously reached a $120 million court settlement with the state attorney general and agreed to a $4 million settlement with Los Angeles County prosecutors after being convicted in Los Angeles Superior Court of failing to quickly report the leak to state authorities.

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