WH report seeks to curtail natural gas blowouts

2016-10-19 22:30


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Washington - A White House task force is recommending robust safety procedures to curtail leaks from the nation's 400 underground natural gas storage wells.

The report being released on Tuesday comes a year after a leaking well near Los Angeles spewed natural gas for nearly four months and drove thousands from their homes.

The report recommends that operators of gas-storage facilities conduct strict risk assessments and develop strong safety procedures. Those include ensuring that wells have backup systems to contain gas flows in the event of a leak. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the report in advance.

A blowout reported on October 23 at the Aliso Canyon well operated by Southern California Gas, spewed an estimated 107 000 tons of methane before being controlled in February.

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