Air quality inspectors make trips to site of Rancho Cucamonga gas leak

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Inspectors from the South Coast Air Quality Management District have concerns regarding a gas leak and its aftermath plaguing an Alta Loma neighborhood and have sent in inspectors to investigate.

“We are concerned that our inspectors could not detect any odors,” AQMD spokesman Sam Atwood said in an email. “Typically natural gas has a very distinctive, foul smell due to an odorant added as a safety precaution.”

• Photos: Gas Company workers on site in Rancho Cucamonga for days

Gas company crews have been staked out in front of homes in the 6200 block of Jadeite Avenue around the clock and have drilled holes in the streets, sidewalks, driveways and placed venting systems in the ground throughout the neighborhood and on privately owned properties, residents say.

A statement from the Southern California Gas Co. on Thursday said the leak, reported May 8, was repaired last week. Crews now are working “to remove trace amounts of natural gas trapped in the soil. Our crews are working as quickly and as safely as possible to resolve the situation.”

Air quality inspectors were sent out to the area Thursday to assess the situation after one of the residents complained about the incident.

The Gas Company never advised the air quality district about the leak, according to Atwood.

“Inspectors accompanied by air monitoring staff have returned to the site today,” Atwood wrote Friday. “We are using field instruments as well as collecting air…

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