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February 05, 2016 8:49 PM ET

Gas Utilities

Company Overview of Southern California Gas Co.

Company Overview

Southern California Gas Company engages in the distribution, transmission, and storage of natural gas in California. As of December 31, 2014, it had 5.9 million customer meters consisting of approximately 5,594,100 residential; 246,800 commercial; 27,000 industrial; and 50 electric generation and wholesale meters. The company’s natural gas facilities included 2,960 miles of transmission and storage pipelines; 50,001 miles of distribution pipelines; and 47,517 miles of service pipelines. Its natural gas facilities also comprised 11 transmission compressor stations and 4 underground natural gas storage reservoirs with a combined working capacity of 137 billion cubic feet. The company was found...

555 West Fifth Street

Los Angeles, CA 90013

United States

Founded in 1886

8,324 Employees

Phone:

213-244-1200

Key Executives for Southern California Gas Co.

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
Age: 54
Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President, Controller and Treasurer
Age: 47
Chief Operating Officer and Director
Age: 56
Chairman of Sempra Energy and Chief Executive Officer of Sempra Energy
Age: 59
Chief Information Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Support Services
Age: 55
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Southern California Gas Co. Key Developments

South Coast Air Quality Management District Files Lawsuit Against Southern California Gas Co. for the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak

The South Coast Air Quality Management District on Jan. 26 filed a lawsuit against Southern California Gas Co. for the Aliso Canyon gas leak, which has caused illnesses and a mass evacuation in the Porter Ranch area. The company could be liable for up to $250,000 in civil penalties for each day of the leak, which amounts to around $25 million to date. The Sempra Energy utility subsidiary would be penalized if the court rules that it knowingly violated state law, failed to act quickly and caused great bodily injury to the public. In the lawsuit, SCAQMD also said it has received over 2,000 complaints of odor from residents and workers near Aliso Canyon since the leak started. About 3,700 households in the area have been relocated and about 2,400 more are awaiting relocation. The lawsuit was filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, adding to other pending cases against the utility.

Keller Rohrback L.L.P. and Robert L. Lieff File Class Action Lawsuit against Southern California Gas Co and Sempra Energy

Keller Rohrback L.L.P. and Robert L. Lieff, of counsel to Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, have filed a class action lawsuit against Southern California Gas Co and its parent company, Sempra Energy, on behalf of residents of Porter Ranch, who have been living with the consequences of a massive natural gas leak since late October. Residents have complained about becoming sickened by the fumes from the leaked natural gas and odorants, which reportedly can cause headaches, nosebleeds, and other health problems. And a potential fix for the leaking injection well is still likely at least a month away. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, seeks damages that residents have suffered as a result of the leak, such as diminution in property values; the establishment of a medical monitoring program; and other relief. According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, Southern California gas company's Aliso Canyon Storage Facility has the capacity to store over 80 billion cubic feet of natural gas, and SoCal Gas operates about 115 injection/withdrawal wells at the site. One of those wells, Well SS-25, is the source of the leak. In addition to displacing residents and damaging their health, the gas leak from the site is causing a massive environmental catastrophe by releasing vast amounts of methane - a greenhouse gas - into the atmosphere. The Los Angeles City Attorney has called the leak 'potentially the biggest health emergency in the history of Los Angeles'.

Panish Shea & Boyle LLP Announces Record Affirmance of $20 Million Verdict Against Southern California Gas Company

The California Court of Appeal has upheld a $19,786,818 judgment against Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) for a San Gabriel, California, man who suffered severe burn and traumatic brain injuries when his rental home exploded as a result of a SoCalGas employee’s negligence. Plaintiff Pengxuan Diao was represented on appeal and at trial by Kevin Boyle, Rahul Ravipudi and Robert Glassman of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP. He was also represented in the appeal by Martin N. Buchanan of the Law Office of Martin N. Buchanan. On appeal, SoCalGas contended the trial court abused its discretion in declining to exclude evidence of Mr. Diao’s traumatic brain injury and that there was insufficient evidence demonstrating the gas leak or fire was the cause of that injury. The Court of Appeal disagreed, finding that there was “an absence of other reasonable causal explanations” for Mr. Diao’s TBI and that substantial evidence presented at trial demonstrated “it is more likely than not that the gas leak and fire caused Mr. Diao’s traumatic brain injury.

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