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Two of Southern California Gas Co.'s (SoCalGas) underground natural gas storage fields in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area were honored with "Outstanding Lease Maintenance Awards" by the California Department of Conservation's oil, gas and geothermal resources Ventura Division. The awards were announced by the Los Angeles-based Sempra Energy utility. SoCalGas's 100 Bcf-plus Aliso Canyon storage site in the north end of the city's sprawling suburban San Fernando Valley was honored by the state for the 25th consecutive year; the other facility, Honor Rancho, near Valencia beyond the norther boundaries of the San Fernando Valley, was honored for the 23rd consecutive year. The utility said the state has informed it that a third storage facility, Playa del Rey, located in the load center of Los Angeles near the Pacific Coast, will also receive an award. Last year, SoCalGas earned three of 37 lease maintenance awards from the state department's oil/gas division. Aliso and Honor Rancho were developed in the 1970s; Playa del Rey dates back to the mid-1940s.

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