On Tuesday, January 18, 2022, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit researchers to conduct the Aliso County Disaster Health Research Study (Health Study). The purpose of the Health Study is to evaluate the short and long-term health impacts of the 2015-2016 Southern California Gas Company natural gas blowout disaster from a ruptured well at its Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility in Porter Ranch, California, on people living in the surrounding communities.
The planning of the RFP for this historic research study was informed by extensive community and scientific input and is ultimately seeking to provide additional insights on how the community’s physical, mental, behavioral, and social health has been impacted by this disaster. After completing the vetting and RFP process, the aim is for the Health Study to commence by the fall of 2022.
The Health Study will be conducted by independent third-party researchers, with guidance, review, and evaluation by the Health Study’s Scientific Oversight Committee (SOC), which is comprised of experts from six regulatory agencies and seven independent research experts. Once chosen, the researchers will provide the SOC with regular updates on their research plans and progress and receive expert guidance from them until the completion of the study.
For more information on the Aliso Canyon Health Study, please visit https://publichealth.lacounty.gov/eh/healthresearch.