Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Monday that he has filed a lawsuit against the Southern California Gas Company related to a leak at its natural gas storage facility in Porter Ranch.
Residents have filed more than 700 complaints to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, saying the odor is causing severe headaches, nosebleeds and has prompted burning sensations in some people’s lungs and noses. Hundreds of residents have evacuated the area since the gas leak began over a month ago.
The lawsuit claims the gas leak is worsening climate change by emitting the same amount of greenhouse gas in one hour as 200,000 cars running for one year.
The legal move comes a week after the R. Rex Parris Law Firm filed a class-action lawsuit against SoCal Gas and its parent company, Sempra Energy.