Gas storage field closed by leak could open by summer's end

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Southern California Gas Co. says a huge natural gas storage field closed by a monthslong leak should reopen by late summer.

The utility on Thursday announced a framework for safety testing the Aliso Canyon field near 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.

State agencies this week said the field is holding only a fifth of its capacity, which could affect electricity production.

SoCalGas says it should be able to start injecting gas into the field by summer’s end.

Before that can happen, though, all 114 wells must either pass safety tests or be permanently sealed.