California’s attorney general added her name Tuesday to the long list of parties suing a utility company for the massive nonstop natural gas leak that has driven thousands of Los Angeles residents from their homes and spewed more than 2 million tons of climate-changing methane.
Attorney General Kamala Harris said Southern California Gas Co. violated several state laws and failed to report the leak to the necessary agencies for three days after its discovery in October near the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles. The leak that has been out of control nearly 15 weeks has created a public health and statewide environmental emergency, Harris said. “The impact of this unprecedented gas leak is devastating to families in our state, our environment, and our efforts to combat global warming,” Harris said in a statement. “Southern California Gas Company must be held accountable.”