(LOS ANGELES – January 19, 2016) Environmental Defense Fund responded today to the announcement by Southern California Gas Company that it would discontinue efforts to capture leaking natural gas at the site of a ruptured storage well in Aliso Canyon. The leak, which first began in October, is one of the largest natural gas leaks ever recorded. Initial estimates showed it was emitting as much as 62 million cubic feet of the greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere each day, which is equal to the daily near-term climate damage caused by the emissions from over 7 million cars. The leak has also forced the relocation of more than 2,000 nearby households.
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