Arvin gas leak cleanup continues for 'a few days,' gas company apologizes for inconvenience

ARVIN, Calif. - Residents of eight Arvin homes remain displaced after a gas leak on Varsity Avenue required an evacuation Tuesday.

Kern County Fire officials said a specialized company, Advanced GeoEnvironmental Inc, will install vapor recovery and ventilation equipment under affected homes. This involves hand drilling and installing vapor wells. Attached to each well will be a fan to assist in removal of the trapped vapor, which will vent 2’ above the roof line.

KCFD officials said work will continue through the weekend. When in place, the equipment will run continuously. After a minimum of 24 hours of operation, the homes will be tested for flammable gas.

Monitoring will continue to until there is 0% flammable gas within the structures, thereby ensuring the safety of homeowners before they will be allowed to return. This may take several days to complete, KCFD officials said.

Advanced GeoEnvironmental Inc, will continue to collect soil samples and carry out any necessary remedial works at the rear of the affected properties along Varsity Avenue.

Petro Capital Resources issued this statement:

"We continue to work hand in hand with the County to resolve the pipeline leak that occurred. Our organization deeply regrets the impact this has had on our neighbors. We have taken steps to secure their property, and give them a safe place to stay during the remediation of their homes and property.
Thank you for your patience as we work hand and hand with County staff and Supervisor Perez's office to solve this problem."
Jeff Williams
Production Manager
Petro Capital Resources
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