Gov. Brown Declares Emergency in SoCal Gas Leak Near Porter Ranch

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Porter Ranch is a master-planned community of about 30,000 people tucked beneath the Santa Susana Mountains at the northwestern tip of the San Fernando Valley. The community has been deeply affected by a leak at a nearby SoCal Gas site. (Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Gov. Jerry Brown declared an emergency Wednesday in Porter Ranch, where thousands of residents have been evacuated due to a massive gas leak.

In declaring the emergency, Brown noted the widespread disruption the gas leak has caused and reiterated the state’s efforts to help fix the problem.

Under the order, “all state agencies will utilize state personnel, equipment, and facilities to ensure a continuous and thorough state response to this incident,” according to a statement released by the governor.

Brown met with residents on Monday and expressed concern about the health of people in Porter Ranch and demonstrated that he has been working on the problem, contrary to the complaints of some residents who say he has not been actively involved, said two of the four people who attended the meeting Monday.

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