Gas storage field closed by leak could open by summer'south finish

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Source:   —  April 08, 2016, at 5:34 AM

said Thursday that a enormous natural gas storage field closed by a monthslong leak should reopen by late summer. The utility laid out a framework for safety testing on wells in the Aliso Canyon storage field close Los Angeles.

Gas storage field closed by leak could open by summer'south finish

The Southern CA Gas Co. said Thursday that a enormous natural gas storage field closed by a monthslong leak should reopen by late summer.

The utility laid out a framework for safety testing on wells in the Aliso Canyon storage field close Los Angeles. The underground reservoir hasn't received new supplies since the leak was discovered last October.

Over nearly four months, a well spewed massive amounts of gas into the air. Neighbors said they were sickened, and thousands left their homes in neighboring Porter Ranch.

On Tuesday, a report by state agencies said the field holds only a fifth of its capacity. The report said the shutdown could imply a risk of summer power outages by affecting natural gas-fired electricity plants. But heating supplies also could be problematic.

"Using most or all the gas remaining in Aliso Canyon during this summer would result in greater risk of shortages following winter if normal operations of the facility aren't restored in time to store new gas there for winter use," the report said.

Before any new gas can be injected into the field, state regulators are requiring that all one hundred fourteen wells pass a battery of safety tests or be sealed at least temporarily.

California'south Div of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources has twenty-one engineers to assess the SoCalGas test results.

"We have said all along that we'll not re-open Aliso Canyon until we're confident it's secure to operate," SoCalGas Chief Operating Officer Bret Lane said in a statement. "Following both the spirit and letter of new guidelines established by the state, we've started work that should authorize us to partially restore operations at the field by the finish of the summer."

But some residents were doubtful of the timeline.

"Those are the same agencies, together with SoCalGas, that brought us the failure in the first place," Matt Pakucko, president of the neighborhood grouping Rescue Porter Ranch, told the LA Daily News (http://bit. ly/20cwogH ). "No one needs to go rushing around to obtain this place online."

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