SoCalGas' original agreement with the Los Angeles City Attorney, and approved by the courts, called for the relocation program to end 48 hours after the gas leak at the Aliso Canyon storage facility was stopped.
Dennis V. Arriola, chairman, president and CEO of SoCalGas, said that the company will partner with state and local agencies to help the local community and impacted residents return to normal.
Los Angeles County prosecutor Jackie Lacey filed charges on Feb. 2, the same day California Attorney General Kamala Harris also sued the company. There are also several private lawsuits, Reuters said.
Controlling the flow of the leaking gas will involve pumping heavy fluids into the target well, and this will begin in the next few days.
Family lawyer said 79-year-old Zelda Rothman, who died Jan. 25, had stage 4 lung cancer and lived about 3 miles from source of methane escaping from Aliso Canyon gas storage field, Reuters reported.
Additional monitoring and reporting requirements would still be required. SoCal Gas would be required to withdraw gas reserves as quickly as possible while maintaining reliable supplies for customers, Reuters said.
Hearing board of South Coast Air Quality Management District scheduled a fourth meeting for Jan. 23 to take more testimony on plan to siphon off and incinerate methane, Reuters said.
At one point, California Air Resources Board estimated gas was escaping at rate of 58 tonnes per hour, accounting for roughly one-fourth of all methane emissions throughout the state, Reuters reported.
Construction crews were working on expansions to the West Texas gas processing plant but what caused the blast is still unknown.
Oil, coal and gas under federal government-owned lands constitute up to half of the potential emissions from all remaining U.S. fossil fuels, according to the analysis by EcoShift, Reuters reported.
A NuVista Energy pipeline leaked about 629 barrels of oil and water emulsion. The leak, 31 miles northeast of Rainbow Lake, Alberta, was identified Aug. 14, Reuters said.
Some companies and labor groups see opportunity to create demand for new technologies and jobs focused on methane and pollutant leak prevention under the EPA's proposed regulations, Reuters said.