Gas leak at Porter Ranch well is stopped

February 11, 2016 10:20 PM

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Southern California Gas Co. announced Thursday it has temporarily controlled the flow of gas from a well near Porter Ranch, a crucial first step in the effort to stop the leak that has forced thousands to flee their homes.

The gas company said that a relief well reached the base of the leaking well and that officials are now pumping "heavy fluids to temporarily control the flow of gas out of the leaking well." That could keep the leak plugged permanently.

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