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With Porter Ranch-area leak halted, gas company prepares for the legal battles

With Porter Ranch-area leak halted, gas company prepares for the legal battles

The L.A. County district attorney slapped it with criminal charges. Los Angeles city and county officials filed accusations of ill-prepared crews and public injury. The state attorney general added claims of irreparable environmental damage. And the local air pollution agency alleged negligence in constructing the Aliso Canyon gas facility in the first place.

As Southern California Gas Co. appears to have sealed the noxious leak that has displaced thousands of Porter Ranch-area residents, its legal battles with various government agencies continue to stack up.

Experts said the litigation could have a large-reaching impact on the way the larger gas industry does business in the...

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