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Colossal Porter Ranch Natural Gas Leak to Cause Summer Blackouts in So Cal

As reported by the LA Times, California officials are warning Southern California residents that the region could have as many as 14 days of scheduled blackouts this coming summer as a result of depleted reserves of natural gas as a result of the gargantuan leak in Alviso Canyon.

Alviso Canyon is a “crucial” gas storage facility that supplies more than 15 power plants in the LA area. But the massive leak that commenced in October of 2015 has left the facility with only 20% of its capacity. Ongoing safety concerns around the area wells in the wake of the October leak have prohibited new injections of gas until the wells can pass safety tests. No wells have passsed these tests to date.

Official estimates indicate the storage facility will be offline for months, and this leaves many local plants without a source for natural gas. The Times estimates that millions of energy customers are likely to be affected in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties.

Even worse, authorities noted that the region could also face between eight and eighteen additional days of outages later in the year. During previous similar mandated blackouts, energy authorities shared out the outages by depowering individual blocks by turns. Officials are also asking residents to cut their power usage wherever possible. There are also considerable cost issues, as alternative power sources like hydroelectric power can be much more expensive.

National Environmental Safety and Toxic Injury Attorneys

Lieff Cabraser represents individuals nationwide in injury cases relating to toxic exposures, oil spills, and gas and chemical leaks. These cases include the BP Gulf Oil Spill as well as the 2015 Santa Barbara Oil Spill.

If you or a family member have been injured as a result of the months-long natural gas leak in Porter Ranch, please contact us to discuss your case. There is no cost or obligation for our review, and any information you provide will be held in strict confidence.