The Southern California Gas Co. has tentatively reached a settlement with California and the city and county of Los Angeles to pay $119.5 million for the 2015 Aliso Canyon gas well blowout.
In a joint press conference with Los Angeles city and county leaders, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the settlement and gave a few details of how the money would be used.
SoCal Gas settles with LA City, County and California over 2015 Aliso Canyon gas well blowout. The amount is $119.5 million for GHG mitigation, local environmental programs, civil fines and legal costs.
— Sharon McNary (@KPCCsharon) August 8, 2018
The settlement includes $45.4 million for “local environmental benefit projects,” which would include a long-term health study, according to a filing with the SEC.
Becerra said SoCal Gas will also reimburse the local, county and state governments’ legal fees, meaning taxpayers will not foot the bill for all the litigation that went into the settlement.
The gas leak in the hills above Porter Ranch was the largest-ever uncontrolled release of natural gas in U.S. history.