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Residents near the Southern California Gas Co. Aliso Canyon underground natural gas storage fieldon Sunday will mark the one-year anniversary of the four-month storage well leak that disrupted their lives this year, calling on the state to shut down the now-closed facility permanently. "Thousands of residents are still sick from the lingering effects of the toxic blowout, and Aliso has had four major leaks since the affected well was capped," said a spokesperson for Food & Water Watch and the Save Porter Ranch residents' organization, both of which want the 86 Bcf, 3,600-acre facility shut down permanently. SoCalGas and state and federal energy officials have said the facility eventually can be safely operated again, and consider it an important source of electric and gas reliability in the region.

Flush with more than US$1 billion from a common stock sale (see Daily GPIOct. 17), San Diego-based Sempra Energy's Mexican subsidiary, Infraestructura Energetica Nova SAB de CV (IEnova) said on Thursday that it will hold a 3Q2016 earnings conference call Thursday (Oct. 27). Proceeds from the stock sale were expected to be 29.86 billion pesos (US$1.575 billion) based on recent exchange rates. IEnova develops, builds and operates energy infrastructure in Mexico. As of the end of last year had it had invested more than US$4 billion south of the border as one of Mexico's largest private energy companies.

Director Brian Nunes has begun a Kickstarter campaign for a fund to turn footage he and his crew took during 16 days on a working oil and natural gas exploration rig off the coast of Alaska into a film with the working title The Machine. "The oil and gas industry is something everyone is talking about but few know much about -- other than its wild profitability," Nunes said. "Like it or not, though, we must come to terms with the fact that all our modern conveniences and advanced medicines are tied to the fossil fuel industry in some way." The footage was shot in the Cook Inlet's Kitchen Lights Unit. It would be Nunes' fifth film project and his fourth as a director.

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