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Atmospheric scientist offers unique perspective to Aliso Canyon gas leak




Since Oct. 23, 2015, natural gas has been spewing from a ruptured well at SoCal Gas' Aliso Canyon Storage Facility near Porter Ranch.
Since Oct. 23, 2015, natural gas has been spewing from a ruptured well at SoCal Gas' Aliso Canyon Storage Facility near Porter Ranch.
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Thousands of local residents have been relocated, and day after day, the gas continues to spew into the air. 

But one man has a unique perspective on the problem - looking down on it all, from the sky. For the last two months,  Stephen Conley has been monitoring the gases over Aliso Canyon from his specialized aircraft. 

Conley is an atmospheric scientist at UC Davis and the only pilot making regular monitoring trips above the Aliso Canyon site.

He joined the show to talk about his findings.

Southern California Public Radio's Sharon McNary also joined the show to talk about the latest Porter Ranch residents meeting, where they say the gas leak that began last fall is making them ill. 

To hear the full interviews, click the blue play button above.