California Gas Leak Results in Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Southern California Gas Company is facing a wrongful death lawsuit following the dead of 79-year-old Zelda Rothman. According to the lawsuit, an ongoing gas leak from a Southern California Gas Co. pipeline was directly responsible for Rothmans declining health.
Details of the Wrongful Death Lawsuit
According to Reuters, Rothman, who suffered from from Stage 4 lung cancer, lived roughly 3 miles away from the source of a methane leak located at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field.
Relatives claim that despite her cancer diagnosis, Rothman was living an active lifestyle when her condition suddenly began to worsen. The suit claims her health began to degrade within weeks of the methane leak beginning.
As her condition worsened, Rothman complained of extreme headaches and suffered from increasingly labored breathing. By December, Rothman required round-the-clock and on January 25, within three months of the gas leak being detected, Rothman passed away.
The lawsuit is seeking damages against Southern California Gas Co.
Additional Lawsuits Filed Against Southern California Gas Co.
This is not the only lawsuit to be filed against Southern California Gas Co. In fact, at least 20 other suits have been filed.
Civil claims have also been filed by the city of Los Angeles, the state of California, and air quality regulators. Additionally, criminal charges were filed by county prosecutors on Tuesday.
The Environmental Defense Fund reports that, since its discovery in October, the gas leak has released 72,000 metric tons of methane into the environment.