Brad Sherman

Utility wants to resume pumping natural gas into Aliso Canyon facility that was site of massive leak

Utility wants to resume pumping natural gas into Aliso Canyon facility that was site of massive leak

Barely a year after the largest methane leak in U.S. history, and with two-thirds of its wells still shut down, operators of the Aliso Canyon storage field want to pump gas again.

Southern California Gas Co. on Tuesday asked California regulators for permission to resume pumping pressurized natural gas into the ground northeast of Los Angeles, at a depleted oil field now used for storage. Records show the utility has been negotiating this step with regulators for several weeks.

The company cited "extensive physical upgrades" and "advanced technologies" in contending it would be safe to resume operations. Local political leaders immediately...

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