Issue: Uncontrolled natural gas leak
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.
The Porter Ranch Uncontrolled Gas Leak
Oil was discovered in the Porter Ranch area in 1938. Though the field was depleted of oil and gas in the early 1970s, it was converted to a storage field for natural gas in 1972. The Porter Ranch area storage field is the second largest storage facility of its kind in the United States. The source of the leak is a breach in a pipe casing nearly 9,000 feet underground that occurred in early October, 2015. The well that is leaking was once equipped with a safety valve, but it was leaking and was removed in 1979. The company says it wasn’t required to have a safety valve.
Since late October 2015, natural gas has been spewing into the air in the Porter Ranch neighborhood about 25 miles northwest of Los Angeles, sickening residents and forcing thousands to evacuate their homes. The uncapped well is also pouring greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.
Contact National Environmental Safety and Toxic Injury Attorneys
If you or a family member have been injured, or you are concerned about likely economic losses in property values as a result of the months-long natural gas leak in Porter Ranch, we would welcome an opportunity to discuss your case.
Lieff Cabraser possesses the experience, expertise and financial resources to thoroughly investigate environmental cases and hold the defendants accountable. We have successfully prosecuted cases against many of the world’s most powerful corporations obtaining multiple billions of dollars in recoveries, including for families, businesses and property owners. Our notable environmental disaster and toxic exposure cases include the BP Gulf of Mexico Oil disaster, the Kingston, Tennessee TVA coal ash spill, and the Exxon Valdez oil spill.