Protesters Stage Sit-in at Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility

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Protesters staged a sit-in Saturday at the entrance to Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in the hills above Porter Ranch. (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)

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About 20 environmental activists staged a sit-in Sunday afternoon at the entrance to the troubled Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in the San Fernando Valley, calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to keep it closed permanently.

The Southern California Gas Co. facility has drawn national attention since Oct. 23 when one of its 115 wells began to spew massive amounts of gas into the atmosphere, forcing the evacuation of thousands of nearby residents from their homes. The well has since been capped.

The protesters began marching about 1 p.m. from a staging area up to the entrance of the gas facility in the hills above Porter Ranch. Many carried large photos of Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti and other officials they blamed for not taking more aggressive action to address their environmental and health concerns.

Some of the demonstrators sat down on the driveway to block vehicle traffic. For about three hours they recited several chants, including “I don't know but I've been told, SoCalGas has got to go!” and “Jerry Brown, shut it all down!”

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