SoCal Gas pinpoints location of leaky Porter Ranch gas well as residents continue to leave town

Dec 29, 2015

Porter Ranch Gas Leak -

Porter Ranch resident Michelle Theriault takes part in a press conference on a gas leak in Porter Ranch after a regular Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting.; Credit: Maya Sugarman/KPCC

At this point, you’ve probably heard about how residents of the Porter Ranch community just north of Northridge have been dealing with the pungent stench of natural gas leaking from a Southern California Gas Company well.

SoCal Gas says it’s working on fixing the leak, but that won’t happen for several months.

In the meantime, many residents are packing up their things and getting out of dodge to avoid the smell. Locals have been complaining of constant headaches and occasional nosebleeds caused by odorizing agents that are put into the gas so that it can be smelled in the event of a lead.

SoCal Gas is helping those who want to relocate do so.

On a more positive note, it appears that SoCal Gas officials have pinpointed the location of the underground well from which the gas is leaking, which is the first step to plugging it.

Read more from KPCC’s Sharon McNary here.


Sharon McNary, KPCC reporter covering infrastructure. She tweets from @KPCCSharon

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