This Nov. 3 file photo provided by Southern California Gas Co., shows equipment being used as SoCalGas crews and technical experts attempt to stop the flow of natural gas leaking from a storage well at the utility’s Aliso Canyon facility. (Javier Mendoza/SoCalGas via AP)

Massive L.A.-area gas leak could be capped in a week

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The blowout at the largest natural gas-storage facility in the West has uprooted thousands of residents and spewed more than 2 million tons of climate-changing methane.
(Dean Musgrove/Los Angeles Daily News via AP, Pool, File)

Prosecutor smells crime, charges utility for huge gas leak

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LA County’s District Attorney Jackie Lacey filed misdemeanor criminal charges Tuesday against Southern California Gas Co. for failing to immediately report the natural gas leak that has been gushing nonstop nearly 15 weeks.
This Nov. 3 file photo provided by Southern California Gas Co., shows equipment being used as SoCalGas crews and technical experts attempt to stop the flow of natural gas leaking from a storage well at the utility’s Aliso Canyon facility. (Javier Mendoza/SoCalGas via AP)

Los Angeles DA charges utility with crimes for gas leak

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State regulators are investigating the cause of the leak, but they said they won’t know until the well is plugged, which is expected by the end of the month.
(AP Photo/Log Cabin Democrat, Courtney Spradlin)

Arkansas water utility pushes for Exxon Mobil fines, rules

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In a letter to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on Monday, Central Arkansas Water said Exxon Mobil doesn’t understand the weight of the situation.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris said the state would join the lawsuit brought by a BP whistleblower. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California AG sues gas company over uncontrolled leak

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California’s attorney general has added her name to the long list of parties suing Southern California Gas Co. over a massive out-of-control natural gas leak.
A crew cleans oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015 north of Goleta, Calif.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Trucks will move oil stored after California pipeline break

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The Santa Barbara County Planning and Development Department endorsed the proposal, which lets Exxon Mobil run up to 30 truck trips a day for as long as six months to move the marooned crude.
(Dean Musgrove/Los Angeles Daily News via AP, Pool, File)

Air regulators sue SoCalGas over months-long well leak

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The South Coast Air Quality Management District sued the utility for creating a public nuisance. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, further contends that “as a result of their negligence, people were injured,” said Kurt Wiese, the agency’s general counsel.
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Smoke at Exxon refinery in Beaumont due to power outage

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A refinery spokesman said no one was injured and there was no cause for alarm following the 3 p.m. outage. Non-essential personnel were “dismissed” from the facility.
In this March 31, 2015 photo, the wake of a supply vessel heading towards a working platform crosses over an oil sheen drifting from the site of the former Taylor Energy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Taylor Energy executive blames decade-old oil leak on “act of God”

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In September 2004, waves whipped up by Hurricane Ivan triggered an underwater mudslide, which toppled a Taylor Energy-owned platform and buried a cluster of its oil wells under mounds of sediment.
This Nov. 3 file photo provided by Southern California Gas Co., shows equipment being used as SoCalGas crews and technical experts attempt to stop the flow of natural gas leaking from a storage well at the utility’s Aliso Canyon facility. (Javier Mendoza/SoCalGas via AP)

SoCalGas says huge LA gas leak to be stopped ahead of schedule

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The burn-off plan is being abandoned over fears that it could not be done safely, SoCalGas, which is owned by Sempra Energy, said in a statement.