Our colleague, Robert Mandell, has written a featured article for the October edition of Valley Lawyer, a publication of The San Fernando Valley Bar Association. In it, he discusses mass tort actions in connection with large-scale disasters such as the Aliso Canyon gas leak in 2015, and navigating the choppy legal waters in defense of the rights of disaster victims. An excerpt from his writing is included below. We highly recommend that you click through to the entire article online and take a few minutes to read it. It begins on page 12 of the magazine. We at The Mandell Law Firm are very proud of his work.
Southern California Gas Company has just released an Aliso Canyon update concerning the gas well leak that was sealed after leaking for several months. This “update” appears to contain little real information and seems more an image booster than anything else. The Mandell Law Firm, in our ongoing effort to keep clients and readers up to date on anything related to the Porter Ranch gas leak, has reprinted the entire message without editorial comment.
Aliso Canyon Gas Leak Stopped – Southern California Gas Company has just announced that the gas well at Alison Canyon that has been leaking for several months “has been permanently sealed and taken out of service.” The Mandell Law Firm remains on top of this unfolding disaster and will keep our clients and readers up to date on any new developments regarding the Porter Ranch gas leak. To that end, we have reprinted the announcement from Southern California Gas that was emailed earlier today. You may read it, in its entirety, below.
Southern California Gas Company has just released new information regarding the ongoing efforts to stop the Aliso Canyon gas leak. In an email to residents in the affected areas, SoCalGas announced that they have “temporarily controlled” the leak and believe it will be permanently sealed in the coming days. In our efforts to keep clients and readers up to date on recent developments regarding the Porter Ranch gas leak, we have reprinted the information emailed yesterday. Click below to see their entire announcement.
Called everything from a “BP oil spill on land” to a “mini Chernobyl,” the Porter Ranch gas leak has caused untold damage to the Porter Ranch community and surrounding area. Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate their homes, while thousands of others have suffered worrisome health problems as well as emotional trauma. The Mandell Law Firm agrees with most sitting city council members in concluding that the Porter Ranch gas leak is the result of gross negligence on the part of Southern California Gas and is committed to assisting residents to help them find comfort and redress in this ongoing disaster.
With the Southern California Gas Company’s Aliso Canyon facility continuing to belch toxic chemicals into the surrounding communities, we get multiple calls every day seeking information and clarification about the ongoing disaster. While we welcome your phone calls and emails, we have put together this Porter Ranch Gas Leak FAQ in hopes that it will answer your most immediate and pressing questions. Please call us to discuss your particular situation in more depth if you have been affected by the leak at the Aliso Canyon facility.
In our efforts to keep clients and readers up to date on recent developments regarding the Porter Ranch gas leak at the Aliso Canyon storage facility owned by Southern California Gas Company, we have reprinted, below, information from a recent L.A. Daily News article. The gas company has announced that it is expanding its resource center, increasing operating space and adding staff to assist those affected by the gas leak.
The gas leak in Aliso Canyon has residents of the Porter Ranch community fleeing their neighborhoods by the hundreds. The ongoing gas leak has generated anger and concern throughout the area. Since late October, a facility in the Santa Susana Mountains owned by the Southern California Gas Company, the largest gas distribution company in the United States, has been spewing a record amount of methane gas into the skies above Porter Ranch and the surrounding San Fernando Valley and efforts to stop the leak have been unsuccessful so far. Many residents have become sickened by the gas and have had to leave the area entirely.