Los Angeles-area methane leak permanently capped: officials

February 18, 2016 7:42 PM

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Tests confirm that cement plug pumped into ruptured gas pipe puts a permanent end to weeks-long methane leak

An underground natural gas pipeline rupture that caused the largest-ever methane leak in California has been permanently capped, paving the way for thousands of displaced Los Angeles residents to return home, state regulators said on Thursday.

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