Massive gas leak that gushed uncontrollably for 16 weeks near Los Angeles causing thousands to flee is stopped at last

Friday, February 12, 2016
By Paul Martin

Company responsible for the methane leak first detected in October said Thursday it was ‘temporarily’ under control
Southern California Gas Co. said it was working to permanently seal the well
If the plug holds and all goes according to plan to seal the well, the upscale Porter Ranch community could begin to return to normalcy
Schools were closed and about 6,000 families were uprooted as they complained of symptoms including headaches and nosebleeds
Leak is expected to cost the company, a division of Sempra Energy, at least $250million
Methane, which is colorless and odorless, is a much more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide

DailyMail.com
12 February 2016

A blowout at a natural gas well that gushed uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes was plugged on Thursday, a utility said.

While the well still needs to be permanently sealed with cement and inspected by state regulators, the announcement by Southern California Gas Co. marked the first time the leak has been under control since it was reported on October 23.

‘We have temporarily controlled the natural gas flow from the leaking well and begun the process of sealing the well and permanently stopping the leak,’ Jimmie Cho, a SoCalGas senior vice president, said in a statement.

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