Gas Leak in Upscale So Cal Community driving more residents out

Jan 9, 2016 5:22 PM by Debbie Cobb

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A sickening stench from an out-of-control natural gas leak has driven thousands of Los Angeles residents from an upscale community.

The 11-week leak has spewed massive amounts of climate-changing methane and is blamed for headaches, nausea and nosebleeds.

Southern California Gas Co. has spent $50 million so far and doesn't expect the leak to be contained until March.

The company is reimbursing 4,500 families up to $7,500 a month to relocate and it is facing dozens of lawsuits and a tricky fix to plug the leak that began in October.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared an emergency last week requiring the gas company to pay the costs and instructing state regulators to protect taxpayers.

Health officials say it doesn't pose long-term health problems, but the stink is making people ill.


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