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Senator wants independent testing of air in Porter Ranch area before residents move back

Senator wants independent testing of air in Porter Ranch area before residents move back

The smell was gone.

A video released by state officials Friday showed the moment when the massive gas leak at a Southern California Gas well was finally plugged Thursday morning. Plumes of methane are seen billowing from the well, then the plume falters for moment before simply vanishing — ending the 31/2-month ordeal.

But it still remains uncertain when the thousands of residents who left their homes will return. Some residents said they were eager to get back home once the well is permanently plugged, but others said they are still deciding what to do.

"It's a huge relief, but I feel suspicious ... kind of like getting back together with your husband after...

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