Welcome to the Community Information Portal
You’ll find information about the Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Research Study, how to get involved, and background materials on the gas leak disaster and cleanup. This Community Information Portal will be updated regularly.
Update on SoCal Gas Settlement
On February 25, 2019, the Aliso Canyon Disaster settlement with the
Southern California Gas Company was finally approved by the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Public Health will commence the planning stage for the Health Research Study immediately.
For more information on the settlement, please refer to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office.
Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Research Study
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will coordinate a $25 million, long-term Health Research Study. This study will examine the impacts of the 2015 disaster at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility.
The $25 million for the Health Research Study is part of the
$119.5 million settlement reached by the California Air Resources Board, the California Attorney General’s Office, the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles with the Southern California Gas Company.
Known Local Health Concerns
The disaster led to numerous complaints of illness and the displacement of over 20,000 residents from their homes. Many residents reported ongoing health problems after returning home from relocation and expressed concerns about potential long-term health effects related to the gas leak.
Once the settlement is approved, Public Health will work with local residents and organizations to form a Community Advisory Group. Public Health will also organize opportunities in 2019 for local residents to provide guidance into the components and functions of the Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Research Study.
Coordinating the Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Research Study
Public Health will coordinate the Health Research Study, working with a Scientific Oversight Committee and a Community Advisory Group. The Health Research Study is expected to be a multi-year study and will help understand the potential short and long-term health impacts from the disaster. At the end of the third year of the study, the Scientific Oversight Committee will analyze and determine whether the study should continue.
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