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A natural gas leak at a Southern California Gas Company facility has been sending fumes into a Porter Ranch neighborhood, prompting resident complaints.

The leak was discovered Friday by crews at a natural gas storage well at the company’s Aliso Canyon storage facility near Northridge, according to the utility.

“The leak is outdoors at an isolated area of our mountain facility over a mile away from and more than 1,200 feet higher than homes or public areas,” according to a company statement.

The well is a 7-inch steel line that runs to a naturally occurring storage reservoir, according to SoCal Gas.

“It is used to put natural gas into underground storage and does not run near any homes or public areas,” the company stated.

There is no threat to the public, according to the utility.

Neighbors have complained about the fumes, however, and the gas company issued an apology “for any inconvenience, annoyance or concern that the current smell of natural gas is causing to customers in the Porter Ranch area.”

It could take days or longer to locate and fix the leak, the gas company reported.

“Safety is our first priority in any gas leak situation and we are working side-by-side with additional experts to determine the safest and best solution,” according to the utility. “These wells can be thousands of feet deep and this is a complex process. We will continue working diligently to stop and repair the leak, but out of an abundance of caution we cannot work at night.”

County Supervisor Mike Antonovich said his office has asked Los Angeles County fire and public health officials to look into the situation. The South Coast Air Quality Management District is already investigating.

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