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Porter Ranch-area gas leak

A gas well leak near the upscale San Fernando Valley community of Porter Ranch has poured fumes into the neighborhood. Since the leak began in October, thousands of residents have been relocated to temporary housing. Many are reporting health issues such as headaches, nausea, nosebleeds and dizziness. Southern California Gas Co. predicts the leak will not be plugged until late February, possibly March.

For the reaction from residents and a timeline, click here.

Southern California Gas Co. ordered to stop cleaning Porter Ranch-area homes

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health ordered Southern California Gas Co. late Sunday to stop cleaning the homes of Porter Ranch-area residents.

Why a SoCal Gas exec is more optimistic about avoiding summer blackouts in L.A.

Members of the state Senate energy committee plan to question energy agencies about the report they issued that warns of potential blackouts in Southern California if the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility remains closed.

House panel OKs tougher gas storage rules in bill influenced by the Aliso Canyon leak

Tougher gas storage rules inspired by the leak at SoCal's Aliso Canyon storage facility would be required under a bill approved unanimously by the House

'This is a threat. This is not a report.' Critics call blackout warnings a scare tactic to keep Aliso Canyon open

If energy agencies and utilities ever want to scare consumers, they need say little more than "blackouts."

Company aims to resume injecting natural gas in Aliso Canyon storage field this summer

Southern California Gas Co. says it intends to resume injecting natural gas in its shuttered Aliso Canyon storage field as soon as late summer, using a small

Southern California braces for summer blackouts due to Porter Ranch gas leak

State officials warn that Southern California could face as many as 14 days of scheduled blackouts this summer because of depleted reserves of natural gas

L.A. County to set up strike team to look at oil and gas wells

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to set up a strike team of fire, public health and planning officials to look at the safety of oil and gas fields in unincorporated county areas.

229 leaks found in state's underground gas storage facilities, most considered minor

Leaks are common in California's natural gas storage fields and are often left untreated for months, according to a survey taken after the massive leak in Aliso

How can gas company offset emissions from the Aliso Canyon leak? Regulators offer a plan

To offset greenhouse gas emissions from the massive Porter Ranch leak, Southern California Gas Co. could pay to plug abandoned wells, install methane-gobbling

Gas company warned of possible well failure when it sought a rate hike in 2014

In 2014, Southern California Gas Co. asked state officials for a rate hike to pay for an ambitious, "highly proactive" safety program to test all 229 of its

Porter Ranch residents displaced by gas leak have one more week to return home

Porter Ranch residents will have another week to return home as they transition out of temporary housing because of the gas leak in Aliso Canyon.

Gas company finishes cleaning Porter Ranch parks as fallout from leak continues

Southern California Gas Co. said Saturday that it has completed the cleaning of four public parks in Porter Ranch after residents complained about oily residue

Gas company agrees to hire contractor to test homes in Porter Ranch

Southern California Gas officials said Friday that they will hire a private contractor to conduct indoor air screening at a sampling of homes in the Porter

Porter Ranch residents face an oily problem as they return home

Life seemed normal at the park in Porter Ranch on Tuesday, as women power walked the perimeter, parents pushed toddlers in swings, men counted off pull-ups on

Oily slime from Porter Ranch well temporarily closes nearby park

Holleigh Bernson Memorial Park, Porter Ranch, oily residue, natural gas leak

At $2 million a day, Porter Ranch residents get to keep their temporary housing

Southern California Gas Co. will have to continue paying for temporary accommodations for Porter Ranch residents who do not believe it is safe to move home in

After gas leak, Porter Ranch homeowners hold their breath over property values

The capping of a massive gas leak this month brought relief to the Porter Ranch community. But as thousands of displaced residents return to their homes, many

Gas company appeals order giving Porter Ranch residents weeks to return home

Southern California Gas Co. is appealing a court order extending the period during which the utility must pay for temporary housing for people displaced by the

Southern California Gas using enhanced leak detection and inspections at Aliso Canyon

Sempra Energy on Friday told investors that the company was implementing enhanced leak detection and inspections of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility to help protect nearby communities.

Judge orders gas company to give Porter Ranch residents longer to return home after leak

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has ordered a 22-day extension of the time that Southern California Gas Co. will continue footing the bill for

Porter Ranch leak declared largest methane leak in U.S. history

Porter Ranch methane emissions the largest in U.S. history, new Science paper shows

The Aliso Canyon gas leak has been plugged; now what?

The well failure at Southern California Gas Co.'s huge Aliso Canyon storage facility is evoking the worst of energy fears: snuffed-out pilot lights, rolling blackouts and a system too unreliable for the modern age.

Southern California Gas Co. opposes legislation to require new tests of all Aliso Canyon wells

Southern California Gas Co. is pressing to defeat state legislation to require new testing of all wells at its closed Aliso Canyon gas storage field before operations can restart at the field.

Porter Ranch gas leak permanently capped, officials say

State officials on Thursday announced that the leaking natural gas well in Porter Ranch that spewed plumes of methane and other compounds into the atmosphere

L.A. County Supervisor Antonovich calls for air-quality spot checks in Porter Ranch area

As crews inch toward a permanent seal of the Porter Ranch gas leak, Los Angeles County officials called Monday for a series of air-quality tests that will tell residents whether it's safe to return home.

Porter Ranch-area residents call for cameras, tests and other safety measures

As crews wait for a cement plug to dry and permanently seal the leaking gas well that sickened and displaced thousands in Porter Ranch, residents are renewing their call for a list of safety measures to prevent a repeat of the long, slow environmental disaster.

Effort to seal the formerly leaking well near Porter Ranch makes progress

The effort to permanently seal the leaking gas well that fouled the air above Porter Ranch for 31/2 months reached a prosaic stage Saturday.

Dramatic video shows gas leak ending at Porter Ranch

A dramatic time-lapse video shot by the California Air Resources Board shows the plume of gas from the damaged Aliso Canyon well disappear over seven minutes as crews gained control of the leak. The footage was taken shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday.

Road to recovery begins in Porter Ranch as gas leak is halted at last

Nearly four months of environmental contamination and civic disruption in Porter Ranch came close to an end Thursday when work crews pierced the underground

Porter Ranch child after gas leak plugged: 'Mom, I don't smell anything'

After Southern California Gas Co. announced Thursday that it had temporarily plugged a near Porter Ranch, relief washed over Michele Paull.

Porter Ranch residents celebrate stop of leak but remain cautious

Porter Ranch residents celebrate stop of leak but remain cautious

Gas leak at Porter Ranch well is stopped -- at least temporarily

An emergency relief well is expected to intersect Southern California Gas Co.'s damaged injection gas well near Porter Ranch as soon as today.

Porter Ranch-area gas leak may end within days

An emergency relief well is expected to intersect Southern California Gas Co.'s damaged injection gas well near Porter Ranch as soon as Thursday, possibly

Relief well is closing in on Porter Ranch gas leak

A relief well is within 20 feet of reaching the leaking Southern California Gas Co. well in Aliso Canyon that released tons of methane into the air and led to

Southern California Gas customers will have more time to move home after gas leak is fixed

Responding to complaints that customers would be rushed back to their homes after a gas leak in Aliso Canyon is repaired, Southern California Gas Co. said

Is the end in sight for the Porter Ranch-area gas leak?

A state official said Thursday that under the most favorable circumstances, the damaged well that has spewed environmentally damaging natural gas from a storage

County supervisor wants more time for Porter Ranch residents to return home after gas leak

A Los Angeles County supervisor wants residents who have been displaced by the Aliso Canyon gas leak to have as long as 30 days after the leak is plugged to

Aliso Canyon gas leak prompts new proposed state regulations

The natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon continues to reverberate in Sacramento, where air pollution officials are proposing new rules to reduce greenhouse

L.A. County files criminal charges over Porter Ranch gas leak

Southern California Gas Co. on Tuesday was charged with failing to immediately notify state authorities about the natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon.

No, the gas leak hasn't turned Porter Ranch into a ghost town

Porter Ranch, gas leak, Southern California Gas Co.

California Senate moves to keep gas company from using wells near Porter Ranch

The state Senate voted unanimously Thursday to order Southern California Gas Co. to stop using its wells at Aliso Canyon until they have been determined to be

Feinstein, Boxer to call for federal review of Porter Ranch-area gas leak

U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer want Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to review the cause of and response to the natural gas leak at Southern

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Why does affluent Porter Ranch get more urgent environmental relief than working-class Boyle Heights?

Two Los Angeles communities. Two environmental nightmares. Two very different responses from Gov. Jerry Brown.

Life near the Aliso Canyon gas leak: 'When it's breezy, I'm lethargic'

One resident reported getting bloody noses for the first time in 40 years. Another described Christmas Eve vomiting in urgent care. Others say they've not felt

Schools within 5 miles of Aliso Canyon leak will get air purifiers

Southern California Gas Co. is providing air purifiers to schools within a five-mile radius of its leaking natural gas storage well in Aliso Canyon, officials have confirmed.

Commission probing permanent closure of Aliso Canyon gas field amid massive leak

The California Public Utilities Commission is studying the effects of permanently shutting down the Aliso Canyon natural gas field near Porter Ranch, an

Negligence by Southern California Gas Co. led to massive Porter Ranch-area gas leak, AQMD says

The government agency that regulates Southern California's air quality sued Southern California Gas Co. on Tuesday, accusing the company of negligence in a

How much damage is the Porter Ranch leak doing to the climate?

Stephen Conley has flown pollution-detecting airplanes over some of the largest oil and gas fields in the nation. But never before has the UC Davis scientist

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Capping the Porter Ranch gas leak isn't enough

While the Southern California Gas Co. continues its work on a relief well that will, hopefully, stop the three-month-long gas leak near Porter Ranch, lawmakers

Regulators order new steps to contain gas leak near Porter Ranch

Regulators on Saturday approved a comprehensive abatement order that requires Southern California Gas Co. to take immediate steps to contain a massive natural

Gas company forced to resume offering rental houses to Porter Ranch families

The Los Angeles city attorney has forced the Southern California Gas Co. to back down from a plan the utility quietly put in place this week to stop offering

Businesses in Porter Ranch struggling as customers relocate

Small businesses in the master-planned community of about 30,000 in the north San Fernando Valley are being pinched by declining revenue as residents move away until the massive leak can be fixed.

Erin Brockovich appeals to Porter Ranch residents as law firms push gas leak suits

Erin Brockovich and Robert Kennedy Jr. pitch Porter Ranch families on legal services.

SoCal Gas abandons plans to capture and burn gas at Porter Ranch leak, citing safety concerns

A natural gas leak that has forced thousands of San Fernando Valley residents to relocate will be be stopped by late February, and possibly earlier, officials with Southern California Gas Co. said late Monday.

As Porter Ranch gas leak lingers, candidates smell a political opportunity

When Bryan Caforio addressed disgruntled Porter Ranch residents packed into the West Hills Presbyterian Church for a meeting about the natural gas leak that has

Porter Ranch gas leak is affecting animals too, pet owners fear

As she visited her American quarter horse at stables just east of Porter Ranch, Debra Zavatto came across a frightening sight: blood coming out of the animal's

Explosion risk stalls plan to capture and burn gas from Porter Ranch leak

San Fernando Valley residents gather for a meeting with regulators and Southern California Gas Co. officials over a natural gas leak.

Regulators fear attempts to burn off leaking gas near Porter Ranch could lead to explosion

California utility regulators have asked Southern California Gas Co. to show that the ground around its leaking well is stable and that attempts to burn off

Efforts to plug Porter Ranch-area gas leak worsened blowout risk, regulators say

Southern California Gas Co.'s effort to plug its leaking natural gas well involves higher stakes than simply stopping the fumes that have sickened many

Benzene risk from Porter Ranch gas leak is the same as rest of region, study finds

The first study of the health risks posed by emissions of benzene from a massive natural gas leak near Porter Ranch has found that cancer risk from the toxic air pollutant is similar to levels found throughout the Los Angeles Basin.

Porter Ranch residents demand that Aliso Canyon gas facility be shut down

Hundreds of San Fernando Valley residents crowded into a high school gymnasium Saturday to express outrage over a gas leak that has sickened and displaced thousands from the Porter Ranch area.

How much is the Porter Ranch school relocation costing?

The tab for dealing with the relocation of Porter Ranch students because of a gas leak has exceeded $5 million so far, and the total could significantly surpass that number, said David Holmquist, L.A. Unified's general counsel.

Everything you need to know about the Porter Ranch school relocation

Here are some things you should know about the relocation process of Porter Ranch schools and what it means for your family.

Officials and gas company agree on plan to burn off some methane afflicting Porter Ranch

Air quality regulators and Southern California Gas Co. have agreed on a plan to capture and incinerate at least some of the natural gas from a leaking well that has sickened and displaced thousands of residents of Porter Ranch, according to a legal document filed this week.

How to build a school in three weeks

The front of Northridge Middle School was quiet Thursday morning -- the asphalt was still wet with rain, and there was no one in front of the main auditorium or

Two weeks after a court order, the pace of Porter Ranch relocations hasn't improved

Two weeks after the Los Angeles city attorney's office won a court order requiring Southern California Gas Co. to find temporary housing within 72 hours for

Claims in Porter Ranch gas leak could cost utility billions of dollars

With ailing residents, displaced neighborhoods and a potential decline in property values, the leak at Southern California Gas Co.'s Aliso Canyon storage

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The real emergency at Porter Ranch? California's dangerous dependence on fossil fuels.

It took a while, but Gov. Jerry Brown finally declared a state of emergency at Porter Ranch, where a 75-day-old natural gas leak has forced thousands of people

Brown declares state of emergency at Porter Ranch amid massive gas leak

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered new regulations, including stepped-up inspections and safety measures, for all natural gas storage facilities in

Gov. Jerry Brown meets with Porter Ranch residents and tours site of gas leak

Gov. Jerry Brown met with a handful of Porter Ranch residents and toured the site of a leaking natural gas well whose fumes forced many families from their homes.

L.A. County supervisors want the state to oversee gas well inspections

Los Angeles County supervisors called on the state Tuesday to set up a new regulatory structure to oversee natural gas storage facilities like the one in Aliso Canyon that has been leaking for the past two months.

Utility is installing screens to contain oily mist at leaking well near Porter Ranch

Southern California Gas Co. crews are erecting mesh screens around the utility's leaking natural gas injection well to prevent an oily mist from drifting off the site and across the nearby community of Porter Ranch.

Leaking gas well in Porter Ranch area lacked a working safety valve

A leaking natural gas well that has displaced thousands of residents in Porter Ranch lacked a working safety valve, sparking new questions about how the facility was maintained.

Why the Porter Ranch gas leak could take months to fix

Not long after plans were laid for the community of Porter Ranch half a century ago, an oil and gas well caught fire less than five miles away.

Moratorium sought on expansion of L.A. boundaries for developments near Porter Ranch

A commission that rules on changes in city boundaries will consider a moratorium on allowing Los Angeles to annex land for new housing developments around Porter Ranch.

Assemblyman Mike Gatto plans hearings on Porter Ranch gas leak

A member of the state Assembly from Southern California plans to hold a hearing in January on Southern California Gas Co.¿s response to a gas leak in Aliso Canyon that has forced the evacuation of thousands of Porter Ranch residents.

SoCal Gas pinpoints the site of a leaking well near Porter Ranch

Southern California Gas Co. officials said Sunday they have pinpointed the location of a leaking natural gas injection well that has displaced thousands of

In Porter Ranch, ongoing gas leak seeps the joy out of Christmas

Signs of Christmas along Danielle Rabadi's eerily quiet street have made her wistful for noel parties she has enjoyed in the Porter Ranch neighborhood, with

After prodding from city, SoCal Gas commits to faster and broader plan to relocate Porter Ranch residents

Under a court order brokered Wednesday, Southern California Gas Co. must work quickly to provide temporary housing for Porter Ranch residents who want to flee fumes from a massive natural gas leak.

City attorney demands faster relocation of residents near Porter Ranch gas leak

The Los Angeles city attorney's office sought a court order Tuesday to move Porter Ranch residents into temporary housing more quickly to avoid fumes from a

Odors from Porter Ranch gas leak are just doing their jobs — too well

Porter Ranch residents suffering from headaches, nausea and other symptoms from a natural gas leak that has displaced thousands are assigning blame to a damaged

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Close SoCalGas' facility in Aliso Canyon -- eventually

As the natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon continues into its 10th week, its deleterious effects keep growing. Some 1,700 families in nearby Porter Ranch, sickened

Anxious Porter Ranch residents weigh legal response to massive gas leak

More than 1,500 concerned residents of Porter Ranch and a battery of seasoned lawyers gathered in a church hall to discuss their response to a massive natural gas leak.

L.A. Unified will relocate Porter Ranch students and could sue over gas leak costs

Los Angeles school district officials on Thursday authorized their legal staff to sue Southern California Gas Co. if necessary to recoup substantial costs

Lawyers, medical experts weigh in at community meeting over Porter Ranch gas leak

More than 1,500 people gathered in a Porter Ranch church auditorium Thursday evening, where medical experts addressed the possible health effects of a leaking

LAUSD works to close two Porter Ranch schools over gas leak

Los Angeles Unified School District officials were preparing Wednesday to close two elementary schools affected by a natural gas leak in Porter Ranch as many

L.A. County proclaims local emergency over gas leak near Porter Ranch

Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday proclaimed a state of local emergency over a gas leak at a storage facility in Aliso Canyon that has sickened residents of nearby Porter Ranch.

L.A. school district could close two schools because of Porter Ranch gas leak

Los Angeles school district officials are developing a plan to relocate students at two elementary schools affected by a nearby natural gas leak, The Times has learned.

Workers wary of igniting natural gas as they try to stop leak near Porter Ranch

California regulators are taking precautions so that crews do not ignite leaking methane gas as they work to plug a defective well north of Los Angeles, the state¿s oil and gas supervisor said Tuesday.

L.A. council urges Southern California Gas to boost aid to residents after gas leak

The Los Angeles City Council is urging Southern California Gas Co. to step up its assistance to Porter Ranch families displaced by the gas leak at its Aliso

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