Monarchs On Campus Are Safe From The Gas Leak

Valley College is not endangered by the gas leak, which is less than 1.3 miles away from campus.

By: Jorge Belon, News Editor


Today the Valley Sheriff’s Department assures Monarchs that they are not endangered by the gas leak that occurred on Tuesday, at the city of Valley Glenn, on the corner of Oxnard Street and Hazeltine Ave.

Yesterday at 12:01 P.M. a  two inch gas line was broken by a contractor at 14046 Oxnard Street, the SoCal gas company crews reacted quick and stopped the flow of gas by 12:25 P.M. there were no reported injuries, according to Xavier Mendosa, a spokesman for the gas company and the Los Angeles Times.

“We have not heard of any gas substance getting near the campus,” said Deputy Frank Velasco about the gas leak. “If there was then we would of reacted already.”

The gas leak that is 1.3 miles away from campus, and which has forced the Los Angeles Police Department to evacuate residents in the area. No official number of people evacuated has been give yet, according to Wendy Reyes, the Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman and the Los Angeles Times.

The Metro Orange Line, which takes thousands of Monarchs to and from campus daily was forced to detour from its usual route yesterday. The buses were forced to go Burbank Blvd and the Van Nuys stations due to the leak,according to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Los Angeles Daily News.

“I heard about it yesterday,” said nursing major Cynthia Lopez. “I even thought of going home yesterday after I heard about it, and I even thought of not coming to class today. But I am pretty sure that the school would of reacted if we were endanger.”

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