Possible "48 Hour Deadline" angers Porter Ranch residents affected by gas leak

- Porter Ranch residents packed a small Community Resource Center filled with questions after learning SoCal Gas was only giving them 48 hours to move back into their homes after the gas leak has been plugged. 

When asked whether 48 hours was enough time for Porter Ranch resident Maha Bata and her husband to move back home she said "no." 

"I don’t think so, just to come and clean your house and put it back in order. They should at least give us a week, don’t you think," Bata said. 

She and her husband Eli have been staying at the Holiday Inn in Burbank. She says the gas company moved them there three weeks ago. Her story is like so many of the 15,000 people displaced by the SoCalGas leak in Aliso Canyon. 

“I don’t think it’s fair,” Dana Burg said about the 48 hour deadline. Burg is  now staying with her son on the gas company’s “Friends and Family” plan. 

“I  feel like there are some unknowns. like needing time to get our furniture cleaned and the house cleaned. 

Worried about his district, LA City Councilmen Mitch Englander is asking SoCalGas for more time. 

“We’ve had this plume of toxic chemicals spewing through this community for more than 100 days. What are they coming home too? We haven’t tested that. So, there are so many issues that need to be resolved and I think it’s time the gas company become a little more compassionate with the folks they’ve displaced,” Englander said. 

Spokesperson for SoCal Gas Mike Mizrahi says the gas company has agreed to be “flexible” in some capacity.  

“We’re dealing with folks according to their situation, but we’re also working with the Governor’s Office, and the city to put together some flexibility to ease folks into ta clean transition,” Mizrahi said. “That means there could be some changes to the plan based on those negotiations,” Mizrahi said. 

As for the notification process, SoCal Gas  is asking residents to go to “alisoupdates.com” 

On the right side of the page they’ll see a place to click “sign ups for updates.” There residents can fill out a form with contact information on how they would like to be contacted once the leak is fixed. 

On top of that SoCal Gas says they’ll be posting on the web, emailing residents,  working through stakeholders, elected officials offices, neighborhood councils and contacting the media to let them know when the deadline starts. 

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