Environment & Science

New gas and oil leak reported in Aliso Canyon storage field

File: Trucks enter the gates of Southern California Gas Company property where Aliso Canyon Storage Field is located as people continue to be affected by a massive natural-gas leak in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of the of the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles on Dec. 22, 2015.
File: Trucks enter the gates of Southern California Gas Company property where Aliso Canyon Storage Field is located as people continue to be affected by a massive natural-gas leak in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of the of the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles on Dec. 22, 2015.
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The Southern California Gas Co. says a new natural gas and oil leak occurred in the area where a leak spewed massive amounts of gas into the air for nearly four months and drove thousands of people out of their homes.

The utility reported to the California Governor's Office of Emergency of Services (OES) on Saturday that a private oil and gas company that operates a well in the Aliso Canyon gas storage field spewed less than 50 gallons of oil spray and an unknown amount of natural gas.

Calls to an emergency contact for Denver-based Crimson Resource Management went unanswered.

A spokeswoman for the neighborhood group Save Porter Ranch (SPR) said the spill is a reminder that the wells are old and decaying and that the storage field should shut down.

"It’s more obvious than ever that Aliso Canyon is dangerous and needs to be completely shut down immediately, regardless of the operators in that field," wrote Jennifer Milbauer of SPR in an email. "Whether it is SoCal Gas, Crimson or Termo, these wells are old, decaying and this will continue to happen again and again, poisoning thousands in the nearby communities."  

The leak was reported at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and was contained by 10:30 a.m., according to an OES incident report. About 30 gallons of oil were spilled in addition to an unknown quantity of gas, the reports states.

This story has been updated.