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

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 casing of the damaged Aliso Canyon gas well and started injecting it with a mud-like compound.

"The well is no longer leaking," said Jimmie Cho, senior vice president of gas operations and system integrity for Southern California Gas Co.

The final step is for concrete to be pumped into the well, a process that could begin as soon as Friday, and for state regulatory officials to declare that the leak has ceased.

By Thursday afternoon, residents were already beginning to notice one major difference: No more...

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