PCR has been fined but the Arvin families still aren't satisfied

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The company behind a gas leak that forced several Arvin families from their homes last year has been fined $75,000.
 
But on the heels of yesterday's fine against Petro Capital Resources, the families who have since returned home say they aren't finished with their fight.
 
After months of being bounced around between two law firms, these families are once again being represented by Steven Archer, a lawyer from the LA area.
 
Arvin resident Andy Lara is sick of waiting and wants answers. 
 
"You think whenever you hire a lawyer, they are going to do what they are supposed to do, but it didn't happen this time," Lara said. 
 
Lara claimed his family, along with the others on the block, has waited for help since March 2014, when the gas leak was detected. 
 
"Again, nobody did anything. I don't know if this was a different district it would be different, but this is Arvin. So it is what it is," Lara said. 
 
In 2014 Supervisor Leticia Perez urged the residents out of the homes. We reached out to Supervisor Perez, who said she is unable to speak on the matter due to the possibility of a lawsuit involving the county. 
 
Gustavo Aguirre from the Central California Environmental Justice Network states no public agency has claimed full responsibility for the leak. He said that included the fixes many residents made to their homes after the leak. 
 
"I spent easily $12,000 to get rid of everything and do the concrete work," Lara said. 
 
And according to his lawyer he will have to wait until the case is settled to know if he will ever see that money again.
 
The plaintiffs are also seeking a trust fund for their children, whose health they say is affected by the leak that's since been controlled.          
 
Attorney Steven Archer wrote the details of the lawsuit in a letter. They're planning to file this lawsuit March first against Petro Capital Resources. 
 
"I'm not going to give up and do whatever I can. Hopefully we can get somewhere," Lara said. 
 
Archer will also have a client only meeting with the Arvin families, Saturday, February 27th. 
 
KGET reached out to PCR and County Counsel and have not heard back. 

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