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Aliso Canyon gas leak could be 'controlled' in several days

Aliso Canyon gas leak could be 'controlled' in several days
Tera Lecuona, a resident of the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles, holds a protest sign during a hearing in Granada Hills over a gas leak at Southern California Gas Co.'s Aliso Canyon Storage Facility. (Richard Vogel / Associated Press)

The leaking gas well in Aliso Canyon could be plugged in the next several days, the Southern California Gas Co. said Tuesday.

Residents in nearby Porter Ranch can expect to receive text messages and phone calls once a relief well intercepts the failed well and crews are able to pump in fluids to stop the leak.

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The state Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources will then be asked to confirm the well has been plugged, a process that could take as long as a week, said Gillian Wright, vice president of customer service for the gas company.

The updated timeline was presented to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors before it voted to send a letter to the gas company to ask that relocated residents be given 30 days to move back into their homes.

"The gas company has failed to consider the victim time and time again," said Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

Since the leak was reported in October, more than 4,400 households of Porter Ranch and the surrounding communities have moved out of their homes temporarily to escape natural gas odorants that smell like rotten eggs and have left some people ill with headaches, nosebleeds and nausea.

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