Porter Ranch Residents to Demand Shutdown of Aliso Canyon Gas Facility

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Hundreds of residents from the Porter Ranch area are expected to testify at an air quality hearing Saturday and demand that a local gas storage facility be shut down.

The all-day hearing at Granada Hills Charter High School is a court-like proceeding overseen by the South Coast Air Quality Management District hearing board, made up of five members. It will include opening statements from attorneys and public comments, which could force it to extend into another day. All of the testimony is under oath.

For more than 10 weeks, a damaged well in the Southern California Gas Co.'s Aliso Canyon storage complex has released large amounts of planet-warming methane and emitted sulfur-like odors that have led to residents suffering nosebleeds, headaches and other symptoms.

Air quality regulators and Southern California Gas have outlined a plan to deploy pollution control equipment to burn off the methane and foul-smelling odorants, according to a legal document filed late Thursday.

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