File photo.
File photo.

A Porter Ranch man sued Southern California Gas Co. and its parent company Sempra Energy Monday, alleging his home was negatively affected by odors and pollutants generated by the recent leak at the Aliso Canyon storage facility.

William Gandsey filed the proposed class-action lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging negligence and both public and private nuisance. He seeks unspecified damages.

Gas Co. spokesman Javier Mendoza issued a brief statement in response to the lawsuit that read, “We do not comment on pending litigation.”

Last week, county health officials directed the utility to expedite repairs and offer residents free temporary relocation options. The leak was discovered Oct. 23 by crews at the storage facility located near Northridge and was reported to the county five days later.

The Gas Co. has said the leak, which could take months to repair, does not pose a threat because it is outdoors and over a mile away from and more than 1,200 feet higher than homes or public areas.

Gandsey begs to differ.

He “lives well within the exposure zone within the Porter Ranch community,” and says his home has been “physically invaded by gases, chemicals, noxious odors, pollutants and contaminants”  from the facility, which is located a mile from Porter Ranch and is the largest of four natural gas storage fields owned by the Gas Co.

The Southern California Air Quality Management District has received nearly 500 complaints from residents with nausea, dizziness, vomiting, shortness of breath, nose bleeds and headaches, according to the lawsuit.

— City News Service 

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