Southern California Gas Leak Update: “Aliso Canyon” gas leak as of February 18th 2016
This Article On the Southern California Gas Leak Update Was Written By Billy Stavridis
The California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) confirmed that the well that had been leaking at the (SoCalGas) at the Aliso Canyon storage facility has been permanently sealed and taken out of service.
On Dec. 4 2015 SoCalGas commenced drilling a relief well to stop the natural gas leak by plugging the leak well at its base. The company pumped in heavy fluids and successfully controlled the flow of gas out of the leaking well. SoCalGas began to pump cement from the relief well into the base of the leaking well, completing that process.
Southern California Gas Leak Update: Whose Responsibility Is It?
As part of their independent responsibilities, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) have been monitoring on an hourly basis Methane levels in the community. Both agencies have reported an abrupt decline of Methane levels and consistent with the temporary control of the flow of gas. Now that the well is sealed, there should no longer be any gas or odorant being released from the well. (so they say) According to SoCalGas, as a result, we as residents should no longer experience short-term health symptoms once the odor exposure has diminished, however, as for the longer term effect, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health “Mercaptans” and other odorants have not been associated with long-term health effect, however, in my humble opinion, anytime the government tells you there is no long-term health risk involved (buyer be-ware) to anyone with any common sense, any long-term health effects are still unknown and will be for quite some time. One thing is for sure, home values have been impacted in this affluent community of “Porter Ranch” much like the long-term health risks, the bandwidth and for how long? That’s an unknown that remains to be seen, all we can do for now is pray and hope for the best.
Southern California Gas Leak Update: Effects On Residents
Residents of Porter Ranch and surrounding areas who relocated as a result of the gas leak will be notified of this important milestone. Residents, who have temporarily relocated to short-term housing such as hotels, will have up to eight days to transition back to their homes, as for those residents who have been placed in rental housing, they will have through the agreed term of their leases to return home, which for many could be till the end of March. Until the nexdt blog that’s it for now.
About The Author: Billy Stavridis
Billy Stavridis is a senior writer for Gustan Cho Associates Mortgage And Real Estate Information Center and is currently studying for his federal NMLS national exam. Billy Stavridis was a previous mortgage borrower of Gustan Cho and realized how complex the mortgage process was and the hundreds of mortgage regulations that the government has implemented. One of the most important goals in Billy Stravidis life is to help others and make the dream of home ownership a reality for home buyers and home buyers who could not qualify or have gotten denied by other mortgage loan officers. Gustan Cho Associates is grateful and blessed to have Billy Stavridis as our senior writer and look forward for his upcoming blogs in the coming days and weeks.