Hundreds of protesters demand closure of Aliso Canyon gas facility

GRANADA HILLS, LOS ANGELES -- Hundreds of protesters and Porter Ranch residents packed the gymnasium of Granada Hills Charter High School requesting the closure of the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility Saturday morning.

The group attended a meeting at the school held by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, in which a panel will listen to residents' concerns over the massive gas leak that started at the facility in late October.

The natural gas leak has become the largest leak in U.S. history and is the worst environmental disaster in the country since the 2010 BP oil spill. The leak is gushing 1,200 tons of methane daily, along with other gases.

It has caused many residents to become ill from the smell. The Southern California Gas Company has relocated 2,800 households and is searching for homes for another 1,700 residents.

The air quality district will also consider an abatement order that would require SoCal Gas to capture and dispose of the leaking gas.

The utility announced plans to begin installing equipment that captures and burns the gas
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