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SoCal Gas cleared to reopen Aliso Canyon storage facility — for now

File: Officials from the Department of Conservation's Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources and California Public Utilities Commission demonstrate an infra-ref camera during a media event at the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility near Porter Ranch on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. The cameras are part of several new safety enhancements being made at the facility following a massive natural-gas leak at the facility in 2015.
File: Officials from the Department of Conservation's Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources and California Public Utilities Commission demonstrate an infra-ref camera during a media event at the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility near Porter Ranch on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. The cameras are part of several new safety enhancements being made at the facility following a massive natural-gas leak at the facility in 2015.
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A California Court of Appeal has lifted its temporary stay that prevented Southern California Gas Co. from resuming operations at its Aliso Canyon storage facility in Los Angeles.

The decision Saturday night clears the way for the utility to begin pumping gas into underground storage wells.

When reached for comment, SoCalGas referred KPCC to a letter it sent Friday to customers near the facility. In the letter, the company said it wouldn't immediately begin injecting natural gas into the storage facility because it needed to complete a handful of steps. SoCalGas said it was "working diligently" to resume operations and would notify customers when they were about to begin.

On Monday, Los Angeles County will file with the Court of Appeal asking the court to again block SoCalGas from reopening the storage facility, according to an attorney.

The filing "will address all the issues on jurisdiction and on the merits. The emergency stay over the weekend did not address all these issues," said Skip Miller, an attorney hired by the county.

The same court late Friday temporarily blocked the facility's reopening after county lawyers unsuccessfully tried to get a lower court to stop the utility from resuming operations at Aliso Canyon.

The county has said the state's review didn't adequately address the threat of earthquakes in the Santa Susana Mountains where the storage field is located.