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Small Pipe Leak Found at SoCalGas Gas Storage Facility

Sempra Energy’s Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) said a small natural gas leak was discovered and plugged in an above-ground pipeline at the still-closed Aliso Canyon underground gas storage facility along the northern fringe of Los Angeles.

September 13, 2016

Many Wells Still Awaiting Three-Pronged Test at Aliso Canyon

Owner/operator Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has indicated its shuttered 86 Bcf Aliso Canyon underground natural gas storage field may reopen this year, but most of the 114 storage wells still await final testing, officials said.

August 17, 2016

Small Leak at SoCalGas’ Storage Field Amplifies Concerns

A small pipeline leak was found last Saturday at Southern California Gas Co.’s closed Aliso Canyon underground storage facility and quickly repaired. The discovery has re-invigorated those calling for the permanent closure of the troubled facility.

July 7, 2016

Sempra Energy Cites Possible Financial Leaks From Gas Storage

Sempra Energy and its Los Angeles-based Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) utility have said in a regulatory filing that the full costs of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage well leak are still unknown but could be significant.

June 8, 2016

Troubled Nuke Plant Prompts Cuomo to Urge FERC to Suspend AIM Project

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has asked FERC to order a halt to construction of the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline project, which would allow four state agencies to continue their investigations into a troubled nuclear power plant adjacent to the pipeline’s route.

March 1, 2016

SoCalGas Arraigned in Los Angeles for Aliso Canyon Leak

Southern California Gas Co. attorneys on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to four criminal charges concerning the natural gas storage well leak near a Los Angeles neighborhood that forced thousands of residents from their homes.

February 17, 2016

SoCal Well Leak Permanent Seal Started; Residents, Politicians Seek More Assurances

On Monday, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) began a multi-day process of permanently sealing the leaking natural gas storage well at its Aliso Canyon facility in far north-suburban Los Angeles.

February 16, 2016

SoCal Gas Leak Near End; Relief Well Close to Paydirt

Sempra Energy’s Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) utility said Thursday it has temporarily controlled the flow of gas at a nearly four-month-old well leak at its Aliso Canyon facility in suburban Los Angeles. A relief well has intersected the 8,600-foot deep base of the leaking structure.

February 11, 2016
California Air Regulators Set Draft Methane Rules; EDF Applauds Action

California Air Regulators Set Draft Methane Rules; EDF Applauds Action

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has released proposed regulations covering methane emissions and efforts to mitigate them, particularly in light of the three-month-old natural gas storage well leak in Southern California (see Daily GPI,Jan. 29).

February 4, 2016

Underground Gas Storage Fields in Crosshairs of Regulators Nationwide

While the long-term political, regulatory and economic ramifications of the three-month-old Aliso Canyon natural gas storage well leak for Sempra Energy and its Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) unit are still unknown, the inevitability of significant, longer term impacts on the gas storage sector nationally is becoming clearer with each day and week that the leak continues. More federal regulation is coming, based on current developments in California and Washington, DC.

February 1, 2016