Aliso Canyon natural gas facility that was site of massive leak can reopen, state says

The Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility near Porter Ranch, which was shut down after a massive leak forced thousands to flee their homes, can reopen at a reduced capacity, state officials said Wednesday.

The announcement follows months of inspections of the facility’s wells and the implementation of new safety protocols that officials said will protect the public and stave off an energy shortage in Southern California.

“This facility will be held to the most rigorous monitoring, inspection and safety requirements in the nation and will store only the minimum gas necessary to supply the Los Angeles area,” Ken Harris, head of the state Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources, said in a statement.

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