Friday, June 3, 2016 Reports Hundreds of Porter Ranch-Style Underground Storage Facilities Near 4.8 Million Homes Across the U.S.


Michael Sawtell
 IRVINE, CA — RealtyTrac® (, the nation's leading source for comprehensive housing data, announced that its pre-diligence website,, has identified the locations of more than 300 natural gas underground storage facilities across the county.

Consumers can now use to find out if a home they’re interested in buying or renting is near any one of these facilities. 

One of these facilities — in Aliso Canyon in Porter Ranch, California — became national news in October 2015 when it began leaking methane gas into the air, causing over 2,500 families in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles County, California to evacuate their homes.  Many residents reported illnesses believed to be caused by the exposure of the excess levels of methane gas in the air, reportedly up to a 10-mile radius of the Aliso Canyon facility.

"There are more than 300 underground storage facilities across the country, many of which are near populated areas,” said Michael Sawtell, executive vice president and general manager at RealtyTrac.

 “Of course most will never suffer a leak or will ever have an issue, but our feedback indicated the home buying public was very interested if a property that they live in or were looking to purchase was located anywhere near such a facility.

“The HomeDisclosure report will identify all properties within a 10-mile radius of the 300-plus underground storage tanks across the country.”

 For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

   Jennifer von Pohlmann
   Sr. Public Relations Manager
   Office: 949.502.8300 ext 139

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