More Than 130 Families Relocated After Methane Leak Near Porter Ranch

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Porter Ranch residents are seen protesting after they say the strong odor of gas hit the area following a leak. (Credit: KTLA)

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The Southern California Gas Co. has temporarily relocated more than 130 families in the San Fernando Valley following a natural gas leak that has sickened residents for weeks.

The gas company received 552 inquiries from residents asking to be moved, spokeswoman Kristine Lloyd said Friday. Some 250 customers refused the utility’s help and decided to find housing on their own.

A leaking well in the Santa Susana Mountains near Porter Ranch has elicited hundreds of complaints from residents and drawn the scrutiny of state regulators and health officials.

The company has been directed by county health officials to pay for temporary relocation for residents in the affected area. Customers who made their own arrangements at a hotel over the holiday weekend will be reimbursed up to $250 per room per night, plus taxes and fees. The company is reimbursing customers for food as well.

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