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Aliso Canyon blowout causes safety concerns

Aliso Canyon

A year after a blowout at a natural gas well near Los Angeles spewed tons of noxious gas and drove thousands from their homes, a federal task force is recommending dozens of safety changes for the nation’s 400 underground natural gas storage facilities. Read more here… After Calif. leak, feds seek to curtail natural gas blowouts

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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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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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Aerial footage shows California gas leak (VIDEO)

California natural gas leak

Methane gas continues to leak from a California storage facility at a rate of 110,000 pounds per hour. Aerial footage using a specialized infrared camera shows the extent of the leak. The video was taken Dec. 17 and released by the Environmental Defense Fund. The leak emits methane at a rate of about 50,000 kilograms per hour, about one-quarter of ...

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Erin Brockovich calls on her neighbors to unite over Porter Ranch gas leak

More than 2,000 residents affected by a natural gas leak above Porter Ranch attended a community meeting Wednesday night hosted by environmental activist Erin Brockovich. Brockovich was made famous by successfully battling Pacific Gas and Electric Co. over groundwater contamination in the community of Hinkley in the Inland Empire in 1996. She became the namesake of a 2000 movie starring ...

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Utility plans to mask awful odor from uncontrolled gas leak

LOS ANGELES — A utility trying to stop a monthlong leak at a massive natural gas storage facility near a Los Angeles neighborhood said it planned to use a mist to mask the sickening stench as work continues — possibly for three more months — to plug the well. SoCalGas officials told county supervisors Tuesday that the substance is safe ...

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Fire marshal: House explosion caused by corroded gas line


NORTH BRADDOCK, Pa. — A fire marshal says an explosion that badly damaged a Pittsburgh-area home last month was caused by a corroded pipe that leaked natural gas that was likely ignited by a pilot light. Sixty-two-year-old Robert Kosko Jr. and his wife, Deborah, escaped the blast that knocked their North Braddock home off its foundation July 7. Peoples Natural ...

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Arlington officials move to prevent well leaks

ARLINGTON — The Fire Department has taken a gas well operator to task and imposed rules to make sure a leak like the one that occurred in southwest Arlington on April 11 doesn’t happen again, top fire officials told the City Council at an afternoon work session Tuesday. A pipe sprung a softball-size hole at the Vantage Energy well site ...

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Evacuation zone expanded near Arlington gas well

UPDATE 1:57 p.m. ARLINGTON – The evacuation area around an uncontrolled natural gas well in southwest Arlington has been widened, officials said Sunday just after noon. A statement from the city says residents within an eighth-of-a-mile of the well on Little Road are being asked to evacuate. The Red Cross has opened an Emergency Evacuation post at Martin High School, ...

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