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Prosecutor reaches $4M settlement with utility for gas leak

SoCal gas leak, gas leak protesters

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A utility that owns a well that leaked massive amounts of natural gas and drove thousands of families from their Los Angeles homes pleaded no contest to a criminal charge Tuesday as part of a $4 million settlement with prosecutors. The deal requires Southern California Gas Co. to adopt a leak-monitoring system at its Aliso Canyon ...

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Thousands of families in limbo after natural gas blowout

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2015 file photo, crews work on a relief well at the Aliso Canyon facility above the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles. The escape of tons of natural gas from under a Los Angeles neighborhood is taking months to stop because of pressure from the leak. The leak at Porter Ranch started in October, and likely won’t be fixed for at least two more months. Officials have relocated several thousand residents who said the stench made them sick. (Dean Musgrove/Los Angeles Daily News via AP, Pool, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s been two months since a blown-out natural gas well was capped and officials spoke of thousands of uprooted families returning to their normal lives. But nearly half of the 8,000 families who left home at some point have yet to return, many still worried about the possibility of another leak and potential health hazards from ...

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New gas and oil leak reported in Aliso Canyon storage field

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Southern California Gas Co. says a new natural gas and oil leak occurred in the area where a leak spewed massive amounts of gas into the air for nearly four months and drove thousands of people out of their homes. The utility reported to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency of Services on Saturday that ...

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California disaster top methane release in US history

Study: California leak was top methane release in US history

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A natural gas leak that sickened Los Angeles residents and forced thousands from their homes was the largest known release of climate-changing methane in U.S. history, scientists reported Thursday. The 16-week blowout from a well at a Southern California Gas Co. storage facility spewed 107,000 tons of the powerful greenhouse gas methane, according to a study ...

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Energy secretary says California gas leak a symptom of age

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2015, pool file photo, crews work on a relief well at the Aliso Canyon facility above the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles. A California official outlined a plan Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, to cap the massive Los Angeles-area gas leak by the end of next week. The announcement at a public meeting is ahead of the company's worst-case prediction that it would be plugged by the end of the month. The well has been leaking for 15 weeks. (Dean Musgrove/Los Angeles Daily News via AP, Pool, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A major gas leak near Los Angeles has brought attention to the nation’s aging energy infrastructure and points to a need for new gas storage regulations, the U.S. energy secretary said Tuesday. Secretary Ernest Moniz visited the site of the Southern California Gas Co. well blowout to learn lessons to help frame a multiagency approach to ...

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Massive gas leak plugged; residents seek return to normal

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2015 file photo, crews work on a relief well at the Aliso Canyon facility above the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles. The escape of tons of natural gas from under a Los Angeles neighborhood is taking months to stop because of pressure from the leak. The leak at Porter Ranch started in October, and likely won’t be fixed for at least two more months. Officials have relocated several thousand residents who said the stench made them sick. (Dean Musgrove/Los Angeles Daily News via AP, Pool, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The massive gas leak that spewed uncontrollably for nearly four months drove thousands of Los Angeles residents to pack up and leave their homes, while others rode it out. Vicky Walker did both, turning her life upside down shuttling between hotels and home every few days, where she lived like a shut-in and stopped walking her ...

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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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Gas blowout happened in old well regulated by old rules

LOS ANGELES — The utility that owns a natural gas well that has leaked uncontrollably in California for three months knew a devastating blowout was possible because of its age, design and the way it was being operated, according to state records and testimony. And state regulators were aware of the situation at the largest gas storage field in the ...

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Utility may have understated health threat from gas leak

Utility may have understated health threat from gas leak

LOS ANGELES — The utility whose leaking natural gas well has driven thousands of Los Angeles residents from their homes has publicly understated the number of times airborne levels of the cancer-causing chemical benzene have spiked over the past three months, the company’s own data suggests. In trying to reassure the public there’s no long-term health risk from the leak, ...

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Stopping natural gas leak near Los Angeles is a complex fix

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 — A tricky fix is in the works to plug a massive gas leak from an underground storage well that has sickened residents of a Los Angeles neighborhood for 11 weeks. Gas company workers are drilling a relief well to intercept a leaking pipe from a natural gas storage field a mile and a half underground. The work ...

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