Southern California Gas Co. announced Thursday that it has temporarily controlled the flow of gas from a well near Porter Ranch, a crucial first step in the effort to stop the leak that has forced thousands to flee their homes.
The gas company said that a relief well reached the base of the leaking well and that officials are now pumping “heavy fluids to temporarily control the flow of gas out of the leaking well.” That could keep the leak plugged permanently.
But officials emphasized that this was a first step and that cement must now be poured to fully block the leak. That could take several days.
“We have temporarily controlled the natural gas flow from the leaking well and begun the process of sealing the well and permanently stopping the leak,” Jimmie Cho, senior vice president of gas operations and system integrity, said in a statement released by the gas company.
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