Newsletter: Latest effort to control damaged gas well unsuccessful
First aerial infrared imagery of the release from a ruptured natural gas well in Los Angeles County. Credit: Earthworks/EDF

Newsletter: Latest effort to control damaged gas well unsuccessful

Southern California Gas officials say a seventh effort to shut down an out-of-control well venting methane from a natural gas storage field north of Los Angeles has failed.

Well-control experts once again tried to force mud and brine down the damaged well over the Christmas holiday, trying to stem a gusher of 67,000 pounds per hour of methane. It’s considered the worst release of climate-changing methane from the oil and gas industry in California history.

But the company officials said Monday the effort to quash the flow couldn’t overcome the upward pressure of the gas.

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