Southern California Gas Co gives Displaced Porter Ranch Residents an Option to move to Apartments

A gas leak at an underground storage facility at Porter Ranch made thousands of families to shift, a few months ago. Although, the leak was capped couple weeks back but still around four thousand families have not moved back yet to their homes.

The Southern California Gas Co. has been paying for hotels where those displaced people were living and the company has given them an option to shift to apartments. Those, so called high-quality apartments will have the basic amenities like kitchens, parking and Internet connections.

The company made the announcement on Friday and the residents have time till Monday to agree to move to the apartments.

Just two days back a state appeals court ordered SoCal to continue paying for housing thousands of residents who had to evacuated from the Porter Ranch area following the gas leak that started in October last year.
The utility had planned to cease paying for the temporary accommodations after the leak was capped about two weeks back but still residents say the noxious smell from the released gas persists in the area. According to the court's order, the company should continue payments till at least April 27. After that one more court hearing is scheduled.

The company is offering 350 apartments at the first phase and says it will save the cost of the company hassle for the residents.