We’re just a few days from the two-year anniversary of the largest known natural gas eruption in United States history, and people say they are still suffering from related exposures. As we reported extensively at the time and in 2016, a well pipe used to push natural gas underground and bring it back up again, sprang a giant hole and began shooting gas skyward in Los Angeles.

Southern California Gas, a subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy, owned and operated the well, and dozens of others like it, at the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage field. That well has since been taken out of service.

Thousands of people from the communities of Porter Ranch, Granada Hills, Chatsworth and others have sued the company for damages and illnesses that they believe stem from their exposure to chemicals that were mixed with the natural gas underground, or were used to try to “kill” the out-of-control well.

About 200 people attended a presentation at the Hilton Woodland Hills about the effect of the Aliso Canyon gas leak on their health, on Oct. 14, 2017. Photo by Ingrid Lobet, inewsource.

On Saturday, about 200 people attended a presentation at the Hilton Woodland Hills by local doctor Jeffrey Nordella, who has been collecting and sending out samples of residents’ blood, urine and hair to laboratories. He has performed his own analysis of the lab results and says he is pursuing publication of the findings, a necessary step for scientific acceptance.

Many people lined up to purchase kits, so that their own samples could be added to the research.

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Ingrid Lobet is a reporter at inewsource specializing in the environment. To contact her with tips, suggestions or corrections, please email ingridlobet@inewsource.org.