Understanding Health Impacts

The Aliso Canyon well blowout was the largest uncontrolled release from a natural gas storage facility in U.S. history, and some residents continue to report health problems. The $25 Million Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Research Study will evaluate the public health impacts of the Southern California Gas Company’s Aliso Canyon Blowout and Disaster on people living in the surrounding communities.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) is coordinating the Health Research Study with guidance from a Scientific Oversight Committee (SOC) and a Community Advisory Group (CAG). Through the CAG and other opportunities, Public Health will facilitate community input on the health concerns and ideas for the Health Research Study. Public Health values community feedback throughout the Health Research Study process.

With input from the community, the Scientific Oversight Committee will help define the goals of the Health Research Study. Public Health anticipates releasing a Request for Proposals in Spring or Summer 2021 for independent researchers to bring their best and most innovative research projects forward.

This website provides information about the components and process for the Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Research Study, how to give feedback and background materials on the Blowout, Disaster and Response.

Upcoming Events

Independent research teams and organizations will be invited to submit scientifically robust proposals for investigating the potential health impacts from the 2015-16 Aliso Canyon natural gas well blowout (Aliso Canyon Disaster) and gas storage facility operations. Please fill out the Request for Proposal Interest Form if your research team or organization would like to receive the Contracting Opportunity Announcement when the RFP is released.

Upcoming Meetings

Scheduled Date:
  • Thursday, October 14th, 2021 at 6:00pm PST - Agenda
Via: Zoom
Meeting ID: 830 9028 7656
Call-in ID: +1 (669) 900-6833


Frequently Asked Questions & Related Resources

Project Status

Health Concerns

  1. Health priority concerns identified by community and experts
  2. Health Research goals and priorities being finalized by Scientific Oversight Committee

  1. Public Health releases Request for Proposal (RFP)
  2. Proposals evaluated by Rating Panel
  3. Public Health awards research funds

  1. Research undertaken
  2. Research progress and findings reviewed by Scientific Oversight Commitee
  3. Communicate findings to the public

  1. Scientific Oversight Committee conducts an evaluation of the Health Study's progress and determines if the Health Study continues beyond three years

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