News outlets are reporting the Porter Ranch gas leak is the largest natural gas leak ever recorded. After nearly two months into the Porter Ranch gas leak there is still no solution to stop the seeping gas. News outlets are also reporting it's the worst environmental disaster in the United States since the BP Oil Spill in 2010. In late October the Southern California Gas Company discovered the gas leak in Porter Ranch, California. Porter Ranch is a neighborhood 25 miles away from Los Angeles. They discovered the storage facility has been spewing methane gas at a rate of 110,000 pounds per hour. New video was released on Dec 28th, showing the gas leak from the air. You can watch the video of the Porter Ranch gas leak below:
Recently a family in Porter County filed a lawsuit against Southern California Gas Co. and Sempra Energy for failing to relocate them or addressing medical issues from the gas leak. The youngest daughter of the family is said to be suffering from a seizure and upper respiratory symptoms. As of December 29, Southern California Gas officials released a statement saying that a 7th attempt to shut down the gas leak failed.
Residents of Porter Ranch have been complaining of nosebleeds, headaches and the smell of the gas. There have also been Porter Ranch Gas Leak lawsuits filed after many residents needed to be relocated over the holiday season. Two schools in the area also needed to be relocated for the entire semester. In addition to the individual lawsuits that could be filed, businesses in the Porter Ranch may be eligible to file a Gas Leak lawsuit for lost revenue due to the leak. The economic damage lawsuits in the gas leak situation is similar to the BP Oil Spill litigation where businesses along the coast lost billions of damages due to the spill. In the BP Litigation, Brent Coon and Associates won Mass Tort Litigation Department of the Year for it's work filing business and individual claims in the complex litigation.
Brent Coon and Associates has representives on the scene in Porter Ranch, with BCA's Los Angeles office only 25 miles away. Brent Coon and Associates has a long history of success in complex Mass tort litigation. Brent Coon famously represented Eva Rowe after her parents were killed in the Texas City Explosion. In that case, Brent Coon fought to have 7 million documents released to the public by BP. Also, as part of the settlement, Brent Coon mandated that BP donate $32 million dollars to charity. In a release after the settlement Brent Coon stated, "Our job in this case was not only justice for our client, but to make sure this kind of tragedy NEVER happens again". Brent Coon also created the Remember The 15” Bill, which would have provided increased safety regulations and standards within the petrochemical industry.
In 2014, Brent Coon and Assocites represented the family of Chrystle Rae Wise, who was killed in the DuPont Gas leak. BCA reached a confidential settlement with Dupont in 2015. In the terms of the settlement, BCA mandated charitable donations to the humain society. In addition BCA mandated that DuPont hold a moment of silence on the anniversey of the tragedy for the next 10 years as a reminder of work place safety and standards.
In Porter Ranch, thousands of residents have been forced to relocate from thier homes due to the risks associated with a severe gas leak. There has already been an economic impact for local business who's living depends on local residents. CBS Los Angeles recently reported on local business who claim they have already seen a signifigant downturn in sales and revenue. The holiday season is usually the biggest time of the year for local Porter Ranch small business, so the timing of the gas leak was a disaster in terms of lost profit. With the end of the gas leak no where in sight, some local business may not be able to survive the leak. If your business has lost revenue because of the Porter Ranch, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our Porter Ranch Gas Leak lawyers at 855-435-5839 for a free business economic lawsuit evaluation. BCA will review your situation and advise on the best course of action. Brent Coon and Associates has a team of forensic accounts who can review your loss of revenue, not only in the past, but evaluate what types of economic losses you may suffer from in the future. BCA works on a contingecy basis, which means there are no out pocket costs to you in order to file a Business Porter Ranch Gas Leak lawsuit.
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