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Calif. court grants extension of SoCalGas relocation program

ACalifornia appeals court granted an extension of the for residents affectedby the leak atSouthern California Gas Co.'sAliso Canyon storage facility.

In itsApril 13 ruling, the Court of Appeal extended its March 22 stay allowing therelocation program to continue, and a new hearing has been scheduled for April27.

Inresponse, SoCalGas on the same day issued a statement saying the appellatecourt did not make a decision on the merits, only sending the case back to theSuperior Court.

SoCalGascalled the decision "another setback" for the Porter Ranch communitynear the storage facility. According to the Sempra Energy utility, Los Angeles County did notacknowledge data from health and environmental agencies showing that PorterRanch has returned to pre-leak conditions.

Los AngelesCounty and SoCalGas are locked in legal battle regarding the utility'srelocation-related expenses. SoCalGas had originally agreed to reimburse eightdays of relocation, but the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted toextend the period to 30 days.

"We lookforward to demonstrating before the court that the air in the Porter Ranchneighborhood has returned to pre-leak conditions and that there is no evidencethat justifies continued relocation," SoCalGas said in its statement.