LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — In December 2015, the Los Angeles City Attorney and Los Angeles County Counsel filed a complaint on behalf of the People of California against Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) related to the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak for public nuisance and violation of the California Unfair Competition Law. On Feb. 2, 2016, the California Attorney General, acting in her independent capacity and on behalf of the people of the State of California and the California Air Resources Board, joined that existing lawsuit.
The complaint, as amended to include the California Attorney General, adds allegations of violations of the Health and Safety Code sections 41700 prohibiting discharge of air contaminants that cause annoyance to the public and 25510 requiring reporting of the release of hazardous material, as well as Government Code section 12607 for equitable relief for the protection of natural resources. It seeks an order for injunctive relief, to abate the public nuisance, and to impose civil penalties. SoCalGas is working hard to both stop the leak and to address our neighbors’ concerns. The company will respond to the lawsuit through the judicial process.
Southern California Gas Co. has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years. It is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, providing service to 21.4 million consumers connected through 5.9 million meters in more than 500 communities. The company’s service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles throughout central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. Southern California Gas Co. is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.