L.A. City Council Urges Gas Co. to Increase Aid to Porter Ranch Families Affected by Leak

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The Los Angeles City Council is urging Southern California Gas Co. to step up its assistance to Porter Ranch families displaced by the gas leak at its Aliso Canyon facility by paying for healthcare, added transportation costs and private security for their vacant homes, among other costs.

The natural gas leak, which was discovered by the company more than seven weeks ago, has spurred many residents to leave their homes to avoid foul smells and chemicals that can trigger nausea and nosebleeds.

Southern California Gas has gotten thousands of relocation requests and is paying to move residents under an order from the county health department. But City Councilman Mitchell Englander, who represents the Porter Ranch area, said the relocation process has had shortcomings.

In an emergency motion Tuesday, he urged the company to bolster its assistance to displaced residents, including paying for out-of-pocket costs for health problems tied to the leak, any additional rent for monthly leases, added transportation costs and security to make sure vacant homes are secure.

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