Gas company appeals order for housing extension after leak

AP News
Posted: Feb 26, 2016 12:54 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A utility responsible for a massive 16-week natural gas leak near Los Angeles says it is appealing a court order to extend housing for displaced families.

Southern California Gas Co. said Friday that it has challenged a judge's order giving residents another three weeks to stay in short-term housing.

The gas company says air quality has returned to normal levels in the San Fernando Valley communities near its Aliso Canyon facility and public health agencies say there is no long-term health risk.

Reimbursements for residents staying in hotels and with friends were supposed to end Thursday, but Los Angeles County lawyers got a court order extending the deadline until March 18.

The judge said the health risk to residents outweighed the gas company's financial risks.