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Company ordered to stop cleaning LA homes near gas leak

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Health officials concerned that protocols are not being followed ordered Southern California Gas Co. to stop cleaning homes of residents forced to leave because of a gas leak near their Los Angeles neighborhood. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health ordered the halt Sunday after concluding the utility’s contractor was not properly trained or equipped ...

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Moratorium at gas storage facility sent to California governor

Moratorium at gas storage facility sent to California governor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown legislation to extend the closure of a gas storage facility after it spewed massive amounts of natural gas for nearly four months. The Senate approved the measure in a 36-0 vote on Monday. SB380 by Democratic Sen. Fran Pavley responds to the leak of climate-changing methane at the Aliso ...

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Oil company fined $75K for illegal venting in gas leak zone

Oil company fined $75K for illegal venting in gas leak zone

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A private oil and gas company was penalized $75,000 on Friday for secretly venting natural gas in the same Southern California canyon and at the same time that a utility was trying to cap a massive leak that drove thousands from their homes. The California Division of Oil, Gas and Natural Resources on Friday announced the ...

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Gas company cleans up parks near Los Angeles gas leak site

Gas company cleans up parks near L.A. gas leak site

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California Gas Co. says it’s finished cleaning four Los Angeles parks where brown spots were found that may be oily residue from a massive gas leak. The utility announced Saturday that cleanup work was completed for parks near the site of an underground well that spewed natural gas into the air for months. The leak ...

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12 killed in gas leak at coal mine in northeastern China

12 killed in gas leak at coal mine in northeastern China

BEIJING (AP) — A gas leak at a coal mine in northeast China has killed 12 miners, state media reported Monday. The accident happened Sunday at a mine in the Jilin province city of Baishan, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Rescuers brought one injured person to a hospital and confirmed Monday morning that the other 12 trapped miners were ...

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Gas facility that had blowout will have to play by new rules

Gas facility that had blowout will have to play by new rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gas storage facility that spewed methane uncontrollably for almost four months, driving thousands of families from their homes, won’t resume operations until it has undergone tougher tests than ever required before, a process that will take months and perhaps even longer. The massive leak drew attention to the Southern California Gas Co. facility and the ...

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Official: Massive LA-area gas leak could be capped in a week

Official: Massive LA-area gas leak could be capped in a week

LOS ANGELES — A California official outlined a plan Thursday to cap a massive Los Angeles-area gas leak by the end of next week. The final phase to intercept the ruptured Southern California Gas Co. well is expected to begin Monday, said Wade Crowfoot, an adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown. If all goes according to plan, it should to take ...

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California AG sues utility for natural gas leak

California AG sues utility for natural gas leak

LOS ANGELES — California’s attorney general added her name Tuesday to the long list of parties suing a utility company for the massive nonstop natural gas leak that has driven thousands of Los Angeles residents from their homes and spewed more than 2 million tons of climate-changing methane. Attorney General Kamala Harris said Southern California Gas Co. violated several state ...

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California governor declares gas leak a state of emergency

In this Nov. 3, 2015, file photo, provided by Southern California Gas Co. shows equipment being used as SoCalGas crews and technical experts try to stop the flow of natural gas leaking from a storage well at the utility's Aliso Canyon facility near the Northridge section of Los Angeles. Residents who say the uncontrolled leak from a massive natural gas storage field is making them sick plan to speak at a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, and demand a full investigation of the leak, its causes and possible solutions. (Javier Mendoza/SoCalGas via AP, File)

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency over a massive natural-gas leak that has been spewing methane and other gases into a Los Angeles neighborhood for months, sickening residents and forcing thousands to evacuate. In a statement, Brown said Wednesday that he acted based on the requests of people in the community of Porter Ranch ...

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Sister of California governor on board of firm in gas leak

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The sister of California Gov. Jerry Brown is a paid board member of the energy company involved in a massive weeks-long natural-gas leak in Southern California. The New York-based Public Accountability Initiative watchdog group contended Friday that Kathleen L. Brown’s $188,380-a-year position with Sempra Energy represents a conflict for the governor as the state responds to ...

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