This Tuesday, the City Council unanimously approved Councilmember Mitchell Englander’s motion asking that the Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas) recognize and extend their relocation efforts to include the immediately adjacent communities of Granada Hills, Chatsworth, and Northridge and that residents requesting relocation from those communities be treated with the same respect and priority as anyone with a reasonable relocation request.
Overwhelmingly, many residents of the adjacent communities are reporting that they too are experiencing symptoms related to mercaptans exposure. Unlike residents of Porter Ranch, however, they report that they have tried to take advantage of relocation assistance and have either been denied or relegated to a “non-priority” status, or simply have not received return phone calls, thereby extending their considerable exposure and suffering.
Odors and airborne chemicals don’t recognize community lines or zip code boundaries. It is critically important that all reasonable relocation requests be accommodated by SoCal Gas and that everyone experiencing symptoms be treated equally.