PORTER RANCH, CA (FOX 11)
SoCal gas says they've stopped the Porter Ranch gas leak. But even though people aren't smelling the gas anymore, they're still seeing the by-product of it.
They’re small black specks, causing big fear.
“It's gotta go somewhere. And although the gas leak is fixed, we don't know. So if this is spotting up in a car, what's going on inside our bodies,” says Daud Scott.
Both the L.A. County Health Department and SoCal gas says the oily petroleum residue doesn't pose a health hazard.
“If folks are spotting this oily residue on the outside of their home, it's not dangerous. In fact it's far far less dangerous than a drop of gasoline,” says SoCal Gas spokesman Mike Mizrahi.
SoCal gas says it wants people to avoid touching the specks because they could cause a rash -- and says it will help people with the cleanup.
The County Health Department says the substance is now dry and crusted- so there should be no fear of breathing it.
They also say even when it was floating in the air a few months ago, it could potentially cause irritation - but it’s highly unlikely it could enter the lungs and be toxic.
The County Health Dept says if you're seeing these specs, call SoCal Gas at 877-238-0092, but if you can't get through to the utility, call county health complaint line. Various numbers are found on this PDF file from their website